Al 'Bubba' Baker brought his patented deboned, fully-cooked rib steak to the "Shark Tank," which immediately got the shark's attention. They'd never seen a patented food product before. Al had opened his own restaurant, and poured his life savings into it, but the Sharks wanted to know what took so long.
Al said that he'd spend 20 years developing his deboning process, but his restaurant had only been open for about a year. He said he was ashamed to admit it, but he'd quit. It was his daughter that had turned him around. "She was on track, and like most dads, I was pushing her," Al said. "She said, ‘Hey, I don’t want to run track ... You quit the boneless ribs.’”
“If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t still be doing what I’m doing," Al said. His daughter, Brittany, was proudly by her dad's side during the presentation. And she was smiling as a bidding war ensued. Daymond John and Kevin O'Leary wanted in, but they wanted to license his technology to a large meat processor. Al wound up taking Daymond's offer of $300,000 for a 30-percent stake in the company. CarterMatt predicts huge success for Al and his patented D-boned ribs.
Ohio's The Sun News caught up with him after the show, and he said it was the best decision he could have made. The paper detailed where things stand now: "A completely new website, bubbasbonelessribs.com, places the emphasis on Baker's rib brand and focuses on e-commerce sales of his products: various bundles of the baby back rib steaks, bottled barbecue sauce, dry rub and his ‘Al 'Bubba' Baker's Southern Cookbook.’ In partnership with John, web designers and a major meat processor based in Missouri, where Baker is heading to oversee quality control over initial shipments.”