As to the chicken question. It depends upon who is sanctioning the event. I know who requires what, but I would suggest that you go to the appropriate website and do your homework as I do not know which events you will be attending. That said KCBS requires the 6 pieces and most folks tend to go with thighs while ICBA requires entrants to submit a half chicken.
"Grilla in the Pits" "IMAGRILLA"
There's plenty of room for all of God's creatures.
Right next to the mashed potatoes.
Brinkmann Model 6668 Gasser
Stumps GF223 w/ Stoker assist
ECB that wins the $
Weber One-Touch Gold 22-1/2"
Large BGE w/ Stoker assist
55 gallon Drum Smoker
Wood Crate Cold smoker w/ smoke injector
No need for certification, I already know good BBQ!