Spar for the Spurtle 2 Contestants

{How to get your spurtle on}

If you have an original recipe that makes use of Bob's Red Mill Steel Cut Oats that you think could contend for the title, simply make a short (less than three-minute) video detailing the recipe and how to make the dish.

When your video is ready, post it to YouTube, then submit the link and required entry information via our entry page. Deadline to enter is July 22, 2013.

We'll review all entries and post eligible ones to our video page.

We'll select three finalists and fly them to Portland, Oregon, hometown of Bob's Red Mill, to compete in a live cook-off on August 16. The finalists will also receive a tour of Bob's Red Mill from Bob himself-founder Bob Moore-and other fabulous prizes!

A panel of judges will select the winner of the cook-off, and that person will be off to Scotland for a once-in-a-lifetime, all-expenses-paid trip for two with the Bob's Red Mill team!

What is a Spurtle
Just what is a spurtle, anyway? A spurtle is a Scottish kitchen tool dating back to the 15th century. It's a rod-like instrument that is traditionally used to stir porridge and prevent it from becoming lumpy. Tradition calls for using a spurtle only with your right hand and only in a clockwise direction-otherwise, you risk invoking evil spirits and bringing on bad luck. And if at any point during the competition you think someone might be calling you a pinhead, don't be alarmed. The Scots refer to oats as "pinheads." So grab your pinheads and your video camera-it's time to Spar for the Spurtle!


Based on the video submissions, three finalists will be chosen to receive the ultimate trip for Bob's Red Mill fans. The finalist prize package includes:

  • Round-trip airfare to Portland, Oregon
  • Three nights' accommodations at a downtown Portland hotel
  • A tour of Bob's Red Mill led by company founder Bob Moore
  • A gift basket filled with Bob's Red Mill products
  • $100 Bob's Red Mill Gift Card
  • A spot in the live cook-off on August 16 for a chance at the Grand Prize
  • $100 for cook-off supplies

The winner of the live cook-off will receive the grand prize, which includes the following:

  • Round-trip airfare for two to Scotland to represent Bob's Red Mill at the 20th annual Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship in October 2013
  • Two nights' accommodations in Edinburgh, three nights' accommodations in Carrbridge (for two)
  • Rail transportation between Edinburgh and Carrbridge (for two)
  • $2500 cash!

{First a bit of history}

For the first 15 years the Scottish Highland village of Carrbridge hosted the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship, no American had even entered the competition, let alone won. But all of that changed in 2009 when Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods decided to take on the challenge. At the 16th annual event, the company competed for the first time and came home with the highly coveted Golden Spurtle trophy and the title of "World's Best Oats"!

Bob's Red Mill has been competing ever since, and in 2011 the company turned to its fans for help with the inaugural Spar for the Spurtle contest. In 2012, the Spar for the Spurtle winner, Laurie Figone, took home the coveted Specialty Porridge Award in Carrbridge. Now the bell has rung for the Third Annual Spar for the Spurtle United States Porridge Making Championship.

So, are you ready to Spar for the Spurtle?

Bob's Red Mill Organic Steel Cut Oats

{Recipe Tips}

Flavor Matters
In case you didn't know, flavor will rule the day. Judges will be looking for a dish that blends ingredients harmoniously and can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. They'll also have on eye on flavors that have universal appeal and make oats really shine. Dishes can be sweet or savory, but steel cut oats should be the star of your dish.

Looks Matter
When it comes to porridge, taste is paramount. But how it looks is important, too. Get creative with your video and plating, with hundreds of entries, something that stands out will get the judges attention. Judges will be looking for something with flair to bring to Scotland.

Time Matters
Get creative, but know that the winning dish will need to be cooked on the stovetop using only two burners and able to be created from start to finish within 30 minutes. Oats may be soaked or toasted prior to the start of the 30 minutes, but they cannot be cooked in any way. Other ingredients can be prepped (sliced, diced, candied) and ready to go before the clock starts ticking.

Bob with the Golden Spurtle
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