H-E-B Primo Picks
Quest for Texas Best Finalists

Although we crowned our Quest for Texas Best winners, we also had our favorites and this year the following favorite Quest for Texas Best finalists' products are now available in 150 H-E-B stores!

Armadillo Eggs
Armadillo Eggs
 
Don’t let the name fool ya! These “eggs” are actually barbecue marinated chicken, stuffed in a jalapeño and then wrapped in bacon for a mouthwatering combination of flavors.
 
Four Escobars BBQ Sauce
Four Escobars BBQ Sauce
 
It all began in the Escobar family’s kitchen in Waxahachie, Texas. Cletis started tinkering in his kitchen to develop the perfect BBQ sauce and used his wife, Michelle, and their kids, Ganon and Garrison, as taste testers. Once they found what they felt was the best BBQ sauce, they shared it with friends, who kept asking for more and more.
 
Slaton Bakery's Homemade Vanilla Wafers
Slaton Bakery's Homemade Vanilla Wafers
 
This is a love story for not just all-natural, homemade vanilla wafers, but also for the Wilson family. A West Texas favorite, Slaton opened its doors back in 1923 in Slaton, Texas, a quaint little town about 15 miles from Lubbock. Although ownership has changed hands a few times, the real love came when Chad Wilson’s grandparents were teenagers. His grandmother Ollie Mae would volunteer to go pick up bread at the bakery for her family. Turns out, she wanted to visit the baker’s helper, Chad’s grandfather, Barney Wilson. In 1943, Barney and Ollie Mae took ownership of the bakery, and the rest is rich in Texas history with their Homemade Vanilla Wafers.
 
 
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The Jank BBQ Sauce
The Jank BBQ Sauce

From Weslaco, Texas, The Jank has a little bit of soul and a whole lot of flavor! Lamar Jones, owner and creator, moved to Texas from Florida after a visit to the Rio Grande Valley for a concert. He and his business partner lived in a small two-bedroom apartment, with little to no money and slept on the floor. They started experimenting with BBQ sauces to add flavor to their meals and finally came up with this one! That’s how The Jank was born—a term they coined to mean "Too awesome to describe." And as they say, it’s so good you can
put it on cake!
 
Vela Farm Jams & Jellies
Vela Farm Jams & Jellies

Sara Vela’s Texas roots run deep. She and her family farm and ranch 33 acres of land in Victoria that has been in the family for more than 100 years. From this fertile ground come the fruits that make her all-natural gourmet jams and jellies. A winner from our first Quest, her flavors, from Texas Sweet Tea to Cranberry Jalapeño to Habanero Jelly, are sweet, spicy, and always full of the good stuff fresh from the farm. They never add artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors.
 
Blackbird Bakery Gluten‑Free Flour Blends
Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free Flour Blends

Determined and innovative are just a few words to describe Karen Morgan, founder of Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free Flour Blends, who spent over 7 years and 14,000 recipe trials to perfect her flour blends. Founded in 2008, Karen introduced a distinctive method of baking by using professional grade flour blends that are gluten-free and taste almost identical to regular flour. Pastries made with these flours are sold in several coffee shops in Austin and celebrities like Lady Gaga and Martha Stewart can’t get enough of Karen’s pastries!
Tom & Bingo’s BBQ Sauce
Tom & Bingo’s BBQ Sauce

Hard-working entrepreneurs Tom Clanton and his third cousin, G.R. "Bingo" Millers opened the first Hickory Pit Bar-B-Q at the young age of 16 in Amarillo, TX in 1946. With a true Texas grit, Dwayne Clanton, son of Tom Clanton, has carried the West Texas tradition that now lives for over 60 years.  The sauce was originally created in 1946 to compliment the hickory-smoked Bar-B-Q, but has now crossed taste lines because it’s not just for grilling and barbecuing. Use their sauce on sloppy joes, meatloaf, burgers, BBQ chicken pizza and even as a dipping sauce!
 
Franky’s Cucina Italiano Gourmet Sauces
Franky’s Cucina Italiano Gourmet Sauces

Straight from the heart of Italy with amore, Rocco and Concetta Galdieri immigrated to the U.S., just after  World War II, and settled in the Italian neighborhood of the Bronx where the family's beloved meat sauce was created. Using ingredients from their rooftop garden and fresh Italian herbs and cheeses from local market vendor, "The Sauce", as it would become known as, was born!  Four generations later, their grandson Franky, perfected "The Sauce" in the heart of Texas.
 
 
Behrnes' Pepper Salts
Behrnes' Pepper Salts

It started with one little pepper plant in Walter Behrnes' backyard, which has now grown to 3 blends: Cayenne, Green Jalapeño, and Chipotle pepper salts. The unique recipes for the blends were finalized in their very own kitchen and manufactured at Pendery's, the oldest family owned and operated business in Texas.  The Behrnes are truly Texas Ambassadors out to spice up Texan's lives!