You will need
- 6-8 chicken legs medium size;
- 5 cloves of garlic;
- 3 large onions;
- black pepper
- 300 grams of cognac;
- iron 10-litre bucket;
- 4 bricks;
- dry cherry branches;
- a blank sheet of paper;
- metal sieve (a sieve).
First, you must prepare the part which will marinate chicken legs. Onions and lemon cut into half rings. Garlic finely chop. In a small saucepan, combine the onion, garlic and lemon. The resulting mass remember hands, so she gave juice. Add a spoon of salt, spices and cognac. If desired, the brandy can be replaced with 1/3 Cup of vinegar six percent. Mix well. Legs thoroughly under running water and dry. Then put in the marinade. Need to the meat was completely covered with onions. Cover and put for twelve hours in the refrigerator.
While chicken legs are marinated, you need to build a smokehouse. To do this, select on a country site of free, flat space where you can build a fire. Dig a hole with a width slightly less than the diameter of the bucket and a depth of 30-40 cm will Cut dry branches of the cherry trees into small cuttings with a length of approximately 20-25 cm Fold them into the pit. Top edges install the bricks.
Light the branches with paper and matches. Wait until the branches are burned, and the fire will begin to fade. Then remove chicken from the marinade, slightly dry them with paper towels and place in a metal sieve or strainer. Chicken legs should not lie close to each other. Put the sieve on the bricks over the smoldering embers.
Cover legs with a bucket. Smoke them for two or three hours. From time to time it is necessary to put under the bricks a few sprigs and make sure that the fire never ceased to smolder. Important point – a fire needs it to smolder, but not blaze flame, otherwise legs will burn, but will not samprada. When the chicken covered with a delicious Golden crust, remove them from the bricks and lay on a dry flat plate or tray. Smoked ham is very tasty both hot and cold. They are ideal as snacks for beer.