[QUOTE=Plowboy;1134455]Was it wrapped in papers? Maybe they were trying to "smoke" their chicken.
No. I actually thought it was a great idea, you know the way the pros do it on tv, to remove the extraneous feather hairs. I then started to do it at the very next contest and thought, "wait a second, this might be construed the wrong way" and I immediately stopped. I hadn't really thought of it again until it was brought up here. Personally, I don't think it is cooking, and therefore should be okay, but when at a contest I don't want to do anything that could even be interpreted incorrectly as being against the rules.
If your question was meant to be humorous I am sorry that it went over my head.
. If not, I would be interested to hear of this "smoking" meathod you speak of.