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Boneless Ribs Might Be Shark Tank Investor’s ‘Biggest Deal Ever’

Three years ago, on the hit CNBC show Shark Tank, investor Daymond John decided to inject $300,000 into boneless rib makers Bubba-Q’s Boneless Ribs for 30% ownership because he thought the idea was “brilliant.”

At the time, the company’s owner, former NFL player Al “Bubba” Baker, reported $154,000 in annual sales to the Sharks. Today, that sales number is now around a staggering $16 million dollars, and Daymond John believes it could be his “biggest deal ever” from the show.

From the moment that Bubba-Q’s Boneless Ribs appeared on Shark Tank, the sales kept pouring in and deals were made. This year, that growth was finally taken notice of by a major fast food chain company: CKE Restaurants. After reportedly discovering the company at a food industry trade show, they decided to order a million pounds of the patented boneless ribs to create a new sandwich for their two chains, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, exponentially growing sales numbers for the boneless rib makers.

Baker was ecstatic and emotional about the progress of his company in an interview with CNBC.

“When you have a project that is 30 some years in the making and you finally see it come to fruition — the emotions, it was overwhelming. It’s been three years and sales are at $16 million and I just can’t believe it.”

Daymond John concurred, saying that “the future is bright” for Bubba-Q’s Boneless Ribs.

With a massive deal like the one CKE Restaurants just gave them, things are definitely looking great for Al Baker and Daymond John.

And now, Americans have a brand new way to try out these real boneless ribs for themselves.

By Constantine Spyrou

Constantine's life revolves around eating, studying, and talking about food. He's obsessed with eggs, gyros, and the future of food.