The Founder--Ken Walker "Bubba"

The founder of Bubba's is Ken Walker, who comes from Austin, Texas. Walker has been sharing his love of Texas barbecue in China for almost ten years now.

Walker, who learned how to smoke a brisket on weekend trips to the lake and as a marketing student at Texas State University, lived in Hong Kong for eight years before a short stint back in Texas, where he realized how much he missed living in Asia. He moved to Shanghai and opened Bubba’s Texas-Style Bar-B-Que and Saloon in 2006, which now has three locations in Shanghai and Nanjing and has drawn celebrities like basketball star Yao Ming and governor Rick Perry.