AVON, Ohio - If you've ever eaten at his restaurant in Avon, you know Cleveland Browns great Al "Bubba" Baker has some of the best ribs around.
He became an overnight international sensation after appearing on ABC's hit show “Shark Tank” in December.
Life has changed dramatically for Baker and his daughter, Brittani, since they stepped in front of the four sharks to pitch their patented De-Boned Baby Back Rib Steak.
"My sales online before December 6th were zero. My daughter told me she just looked at the portal and we look at that every day. We sold in excess of $400,000 in just under five months," Baker said.
Bubba's boneless ribs have exploded. They were in about 26 grocery stores before their appearance. Today they are in more than 150 stores.
"It happened so quick. We're super grateful," Brittani Baker said.
Al and Brittani took Daymond John's offer of $300,000 for a 30 percent stake in his company. Now, he’s partners with John, the founder of the FUBU clothing empire.
"It's kind of strange, but before ‘Shark Tank’ he was Daymond John on TV. Now he's this guy that calls me and emails me. We're on the phone talking strategic steps that need to be taken, that's overwhelming," Baker said.
Baker said John told him investing in the De-Boned Baby Back Rib Steak has been the best investment he's ever made on “Shark Tank.”
You can see Al and Brittani Baker on Shark Tank this Friday at 8 p.m. on WEWS-TV.