Al “Bubba” Baker entered his De-Boned Baby Back Rib Steak into the Shark Tank in December of 2013 in Season 5. The company is back on Beyond the Tank, a new show that revisits past Tank competitors.
He faced the Sharks with his daughter and partner, Brittani. Daymond offered them $300,000 for a 30 percent stake in the company. On his website, Daymond talks about successful pitches and uses Bubba as an example. “We fell in love with this big, giant guy. And then to top it off, he said, ‘I have a patent on the product.'” Daymond said. The Shark also explained that this deal may be the most successful he’s ever done on the show, and maybe in his life.
Baker, who was once a football player for the Cleveland Browns, created the de-boned ribs because his wife Sabrina thought regular ribs were unladylike. The family owns Bubba Q’s World Famous Bar-B-Q & Catering in Avon Lake, Ohio and also sell a line of sauces and dry-rubs. The day they debuted on Shark Tank, they started a website to sell the ribs. View their products here.
On May 1st’s Beyond the Tank, we will see how far Bubba has progressed since making a deal on the Tank. USA Today reported, “…Baker is having trouble meeting customer demand for his ribs after choosing a vendor who was not up to the task. Shark Daymond John, who invested $300,000 in Deboned, visits him in Ohio and to try to right the ship.”