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Grill Smoked Soy Sauce Wings

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Serves 4


Prep Time

15 minutes


Cook Time

2 hours


Total Time

3 hours 15 minutes

kikkoman products used:


2 pounds of chicken wings
½ cup Kikkoman® Soy Sauce
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon honey
2 green onions, slicedand divided 
2-3 handfuls of wood chips appropriate for smoking meat, hickory preferred


  1. If purchased whole chicken wings, prepare the wings by cutting off the wing tip and then separating the drumettes from the flats. Put the wings into a large resealable plastic bag.
  2. In a small bowl, combine Kikkoman® Soy Sauce, garlic powder, honey and one of the sliced green onions.
  3. Pour ¾ of the marinade into the bag with the wings and marinate in the fridge for 1 hour. Reserve remaining marinade mixture for grilling.
  4. To limit clean up, place a piece of tin foil on the bottom of your grill, under the rack, on the side where the chicken wings will be cooking. Preheat the non-foiled side of your grill to medium heat.
  5. Place a few handfuls of wood chips onto a large piece of foil and fold the sides up around the chips, leaving the top open a bit. Oncethe wood chips begin to smoke, begin grilling.
  6. Turn down the grill and try to maintain a temperature of 275-300°F throughout the cooking process.
  7. Removechicken wings from the bag and discard the marinade. Place the wings on the unlit side of the grill to cookwith indirect heat.
  8. Close the lid and cook until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat registers at 165°F, typicallyafter1 ½ – 2 hours. If the grill seems to stay hotter than 300°F, your chicken willcook faster. Watch cooking process carefully.
  9. Continue checking grill back throughout, to make sure that the wood chips are smoking throughout the process. Add additional handfuls of wood chips ifneeded, or for a more subtle smoked flavor, only allow smoke to circulate for the beginning portion of cooking process.
  10. Once wings are nearly cooked, brush with the reserved marinade.
  11. Once fully cooked, remove the wings from the grill and allow to rest on a plate, covered, for 5-10 minutes.
  12. Sprinkle with remaining sliced green onions and serve.


Even people who love soy sauce and use it all the time are often surprised to learn what it is and how it’s made. We make ours from just four simple ingredients—water, soybeans, wheat, and salt. Those ingredients are transformed through a traditional brewing process—much like making wine or beer—that has remained unchanged for centuries.


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