Saturday, September 10, 2022

Teriyaki Shaoxing Wings on the Grill

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College football is back, and these wings epitomize great Game Day eats! They are sweet, smoky, and spicy because we glaze them at the end with teriyaki sauce cut with Shaoxing.

Teryiaki Shaoxing Wings on the Big Green Egg kamado grill


What the heck is Shaoxing? It is a traditional fermented rice wine, also known as Shaohsing or "ye."ow wine". It is yellow or amber in color and mildly sweet, and highly fragrant, reminding me of a strong marsala wine (another favorite of mine). 

Lane's BBQ Q-Nami Rub

The heat in these wings comes from Lane's Q-Nami - an Asian fusion seasoning. It features turbinado sugar, salt, pepper, garlic, ginger, coriander, and togarashi for a sweet heat.

If you can't find it locally, you can order Q-Nami online from Lane's BBQ. You could also substitute Dizzy Pig Tsunami Spin or try Steven Raichlen's 5-4-3-2-1 Asian Barbecue Rub recipe.

Teriyaki Shaoxing Wings

Published 09/10/2022

Grilled wings with a sweet and savory glaze of teriyaki sauce and rice wine, we like to serve ours with Cilantro-Lime Coconut Rice.


  • 2 1/2 pounds chicken wings broken down into wingettes/drumettes
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil or other high temperature cooking oil
  • 2 tablespoons Lane's Q-Nami Rub
  • 4 ounces quality teriyaki sauce
  • 1 ounce Shaoxing rice wine
  • garnish: sesame seeds and jalapeno slices


  1. Preheat a grill to 350°f.  Set the grill up for "raised direct", meaning you cook directly over the heat source, but are cooking on an elevated rack. See the pics below for my setup.
  2. Season the wings. Lightly coat the wings with peanut oil and season them heavily with Lane's Q-Nami rub.
  3. Grill the wings. Grill the wings on an elevated grill rack, turning every 10 minutes or so, until the wings reach an internal temperature of 175°f. It should take about 20-30 minutes.
  4. Sauce the wings. Glaze the wings on both sides and allow to cook until the sauce is cooked onto the wings, another 3-5 minutes.
  5. Garnish. Garnish the wings with sesame seeds and a few jalapeno slices.

Yield: 20-24 wing pieces

Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.

Cook time: 00 hrs. 30 mins.

Total time: 40 mins.

Tags: wings, chicken, grilled

Gerber's Amish Farm's wings are a step up from the rest of the wings in the meat case.
I like to buy the best quality wings available at the time. My first preference is Springer Mountain because they are consistently large wings with good quality. Bell and Evans is also quite good. Food City doesn't carry either of those so if I don't feel like making a special trip, I'll get the Gerber's Amish Farm wings.

Don't be bashful with the Q-Nami seasoning, really lay it on there.
Don't be bashful with the Q-Nami seasoning, really lay it on there.

Raised direct setup on a large Big Green Egg
For my "raised direct" setup, I used a Large Big Green Egg set up with an Adjustable Rig (Ceramic Grill Store) and a cast iron grate from Craycort.

Cooking wings raised direct on a large Big Green Egg
The advantage of "raised direct" is that the extra distance from the coals makes it less likely to burn, so you don't have to turn the wings as often. It gives you a cross between grilling and fire roasting. It is faster than indirect cooking or smoking the wings.

Teriyaki Shaoxing wings on the grill
The wings smelled so good at this point that I wanted to lick them right on the grill.....
I DIDN'T, but I wanted to.

Teryiaki Shaoxing Wings on the Big Green Egg kamado grill
Teriyaki Shaoxing wings are sweet, richly flavored, and slightly smoky.
We served ours with a tasty Cilantro-Lime-Coconut Rice

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