Latter-day Saint JR Ricks was recently featured on All-American Makers for his Velocity Grill—an outdoor grill that can reach close to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit in just five minutes, in any environment. Not only is this grill portable and heats up fast, it also makes for some delicious barbeque, so it was no wonder Ricks ended up winning.
All-American Makers is a reality TV show on the Science Channel, which features amateur inventors and do-it-yourself innovators as they pitch their products to business founder Brook Drumm, mechanical designer Brian Roe, and investor Marc Portney for a chance to get investments. Each episode features four contestants and their products as they get put to the test.
Ricks' start in inventing came after a near-death experience in 2004 when, after a heart attack, Ricks had to reinvent himself and repair his life. Now, the inventor is celebrating his chance to compete and pitch his product on national TV.
“It was such a wonderful experience to be on the All-American Makers TV show let alone to win it," Ricks says. "I am glad that my product exceeded everyone’s expectations like I knew it could.”