After a big win Thursday night, the 23-time major winner had a laugh in the post-match interview.
Serena Williams is still alive in the U.S. Open, defeating No. 2 Anett Kontaveit Thursday night to keep her farewell tour going. The victory was an impressive one, as she came out on top vs. a top player despite only playing in four matches total this year prior to the beginning of the tournament.
After the match, Williams was asked whether she was “surprising herself” by her success thus far. However, she just laughed the question off.
“I’m just Serena, you know,” she said.
Considering Williams has 23 major titles, it is unlikely that there is anything on the tennis court that she doesn’t believe she can accomplish.
During her match, Williams appeared to have all of New York on her side, as the stars were out to watch her again on Thursday night. Since every match has the possibility of being her last, the atmosphere will continue to be loud, and the crowds will continue to be on her side.
And who knows, maybe a deep run is looming. After all, she is Serena.
The 23-time major champion is not in Queens to go down without a fight. She may not go down at all.
Serena Williams extended her run at the 2022 U.S. Open on Wednesday night in a three-set thriller over the No. 2 seed in the tournament, Annet Kontaveit. Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim and Chris Almeida discuss whether Williams, at age 40, can now be considered a serious contender in what she’s said will be her final professional tournament.
Chris Almeida: All right, Serena Williams is onto the next round. This was certainly more compelling than her first-round match—it was against Anett Kontaveit, the second seed, and it went three sets, 7–6, 2–6, 6–2. There was some gravity to this match. Serena had the pressure put on her, and she responded. She played great.
Jon Wertheim: On the one hand, a six-time U.S. Open champion winning a match at the U.S. Open can never be an upset. On the other: This is one of the more stunning results I’ve seen in a long time. We should point out early here that Kontaveit is No. 2 in the seedings, but she’s got some long COVID issues and is clearly not the world’s second-best player. But still: 48 hours ago, Serena had won one match in the last 12 months and had lost her last set 0–6. Can we talk about her seriously, now, as a U.S. Open contender? There’s still a long way to go. but this was really impressive. She didn’t just beat the second-seeded player, she didn’t just beat someone 15 years younger than her, but she looked like the Serena of old while doing it.
CA: She was doing everything. She was moving super well, hitting winners from everywhere. And the crowd … they’re really behind her. Clearly that is a huge part of this. I watched this all more or less happen two days ago, and still, the absolute silence every time Kontaveit won a point was unlike anything I’ve ever heard before. Tiger Woods was in the audience tonight, and this felt like what it feels like when he’s playing tournaments now. The galleries revolve around his every move. Everybody is there for him. I mentioned on Monday that this could turn into an Agassi-Baghdatis situation. Well, that’s the closest comparison I could think of. The crowd was entirely in one corner.
JW: If you were struck by that, rest assured Serena’s opponent is, too. This is not a sport that does home games and road games. And I think that you know her next opponent is going to feel this, too. Tennis players are used to playing 23,000-seat arenas, and they certainly aren’t used to walking into those arenas and having every single person in the building rooting against them. You don’t prepare for that. You’ve never had that experience before.
And, look, I know that we still have five rounds to go. It’s easy to sort of spin this into a Hollywood ending, so I would caution against that. But if anyone thought Serena was going to come here and mail it in and take her victory lap, we’ve gotten five sets of indication that’s not going to be the case.
CA: So next she’s got Ajla Tomljanović, a fine player, but certainly not somebody with a lot of stadium court reps.
JW: She’s 10-plus years younger, but not somebody who is known as one of the sport’s great closers. I have to think that she will be a little bit jarred by 23,000 people rooting for her opponent. This is another winnable match. If you can beat the No. 2 player as Serena did today, you can certainly win another round.
CA: It’s certainly going to keep being like this until it gets to the later rounds and Serena comes up against someone with a fan base of their own. And that might take a while with this draw and with a lot of big names losing very early. I don’t know how many people are really bringing even a little contingent of theirs into the arena.
JW: Keep in mind too how few players have played Serena as well. Because Serena hasn’t played a ton recently and some players just burst onto the scene, a lot of this will be entirely new to them. So not only do they have this weight of the occasion and history and the fans and the moment but a lack of competitive experience against this particular opponent as well. Iga Swiatek has never played Serena Williams! You sort of go down the list and there are a lot of players who have never had the experience of playing her before. And so that’s something else that probably works to Serena’s advantage.
Cruising along the sands of South Beach, where chrome-wrapped supercars and lifted G-Wagens have become passé, the Apocalypse Juggernaut 6×6 legitimately causes traffic jams as pedestrians and drivers alike stop and stare. Maybe a custom 6×6 that doubles up the rear axles of an already enormous Ram TRX could only emerge from the swamps of Florida (or Texas, though that’s a story for a different day) but the cartoonish fender flares, exaggerated supercharger whine, and bombastic bass of a Hellcat V8’s snarling exhaust still manage to catch everyone by surprise.
Back in the real world, Ford plans to begin customer deliveries of the radical F-150 in Raptor R trim soon, a supercharged and V8-powered truck first unveiled in June as a response to Ram’s TRX in the auto industry’s ever-escalating pickup truck wars. But the game of one-upmanship might well reach an end soon, as government regulations begin to reign in the big power figures, long-travel suspension, and aggressive designs of America’s most over-the-top pickups.
Aftermarket tuners face fewer concerns, however, which explains why Apocalypse Manufacturing of Fort Lauderdale, FL, can build a TRX-based 6×6 that’s nicknamed “Juggernaut” after a meme so popular it ended up in 2006’s franchise film X-Men: The Last Stand.
Apocalypse founder, designer, and engineer Joe Ghattas sketched those inverted fender flares hoping to transform a more “standard” TRX-based 6×6 nicknamed the “Warlord” that Apocalypse built last year into something even more excessive. After all, radical eye-catching excess is exactly what his customers want from Apocalypse and his original company, SoFlo Jeeps.
An all-steel combination grille and bumper he calls a “grumper,” 40-inch mud-terrain tires on custom SFJ wheels, and the tuned Hellcat all add to show-stopping presence. But the Juggernaut’s development goes back to an earlier era, before Ram even released the TRX (itself a response to the “regular” F-150 Raptor’s longterm market dominance).
Ghattas originally based his 6×6 creations on Jeep Wranglers, then started using the Gladiator pickup to take advantage of beefed-up driveline components since his builds typically feature a Hellcat, an LS, or a turbodiesel engine. But when Ram unveiled the TRX, he discovered that the industry’s most hardcore heavy-duty pickup chassis served as the perfect foundation for going bigger and bolder.
Bolting on the fender flares, front and rear bumpers, and chopping the bed to allow for a two-foot extension only covers the cosmetics—Apocalypse goes big beneath the skin, too. It moves the rear axle even further rearward, bolting in a new solid middle axle equipped with an in-house designed and fabricated Ford nine-inch rear end, then linking the two with a custom propshaft to create true six-wheel drive.
Unlike the Jeeps, which offer rear drive only thanks to a true two-speed transfer case, the TRX uses full-time four-wheel drive from the factory so the Juggernaut 6×6 ends up with full-time six-wheel drive, albeit with open differentials (all four can lock, of note). Ghattas also adds another set of active dampers to retain one of the TRX’s best features on the Juggernaut: Ram and Bilstein’s impeccable suspension tuning.
Of course, a TRX already weighs 6,439 pounds from the factory—but 702 horsepower still allow a stock truck to notch a 0-60 time as low as 3.7 seconds. The Juggernaut probably weighs closer to 8,000 pounds, thanks in large part to the set of six enormous 40-inch mud-terrain tires that tip the scales at over 100 pounds each.
To compensate for the additional heft, a bit of work on the eminently tunable Hellcat 6.2-liter Hemi V8 bumps output up to a claimed 850 horsepower. New injectors, an ECU tune, a smaller supercharger pulley to allow the blower to push more boost, plus relocating the coolant radiator to beneath the (now much larger) bed all support the additional grunt. Forget about actually putting the Juggernaut on a dyno, though, since nobody makes one capable of testing six-wheel-drive monsters.
Driving the Beast
Actually climbing behind the wheel requires a big step up onto automatically retracting running boards, then a push-button start awakens the monster. From there, just about every driver will need a quick moment of adjustment to acclimate to most likely their highest seating position ever. Other than sitting up high and looking down at the roofs of other “full-sized” pickups stuck in Florida traffic, though, the Juggernaut feels surprisingly tame from inside the cabin. Sure, the grumbling exhaust and supercharger sounds provide a constant reminder of all the power on tap but compared to a base TRX, the excellent suspension and refined driveline components eliminate any potential bucking, clunking, or vibration. Right and left turns don’t even require too wide of an arc—though rest assured, everyone else on the road keeps their eyes on a truck so purposefully imposing.
Apocalypse also installs a bevy of interior upgrades to help justify the Juggernaut’s $300,000 price tag. A starry night headliner and embroidered upholstery stand out immediately, while using Ram’s original 12-inch touchscreen for a very helpful backup camera and thermal imaging “Zombie Cam” emerge as fun details. The increasingly common digital rearview mirror helps to improve visibility given the patented notchback bed cover and all the original switchgear still controls the TRX’s many drive modes.
The extra set of rear brakes on the new middle axle help to inspire confident driving given the truck’s additional size and weight, while also supporting Apocalypse’s claimed improvement to the TRX’s tow rating, now 20,000 pounds versus a four-wheeler’s 8,100.
Still, a quick stab at the gas pedal with a matching yank on the steering wheel can produce screaming six-wheel drifts with ease and, believe it or not, Ghattas laughingly tells stories of customers setting up off-road jumps for his 6x6s. Most, however, just want a rolling advertisement for their businesses, for their egos, or just for their wealth—MPGs and greenhouse gasses be damned. This is Florida, remember, though Apocalypse also regularly ships trucks to the Middle East.
When buying a custom 6×6 at this price point, customers probably give reliability less than a moment’s thought. Not Ghattas, who loves when his builds come back to the shop after taking a beating off-road—precisely so he can get underneath and take notes on how his modifications hold up. The next Juggernaut, already in progress, will feature a revised grumper to improve engine bay airflow while contributing to the front end’s design coherence with a new, more substantial skid plate.
If the Juggernaut seems like a passing fad that might fizzle out as the electric revolution continues, guess again! Apocalypse cranked out 120 trucks last month, up from an average of 80 per month for the first half of 2022. As the only company that actively produces such widely promised but rarely delivered 6×6 conversions, Ghattas can’t keep his builds on the shelf. In fact, other famous names in the game even come knocking on his door asking Apocalypse to build trucks under license.
Ghattas plans to move Apocalypse into a larger facility to keep up with the Juggernaut’s popularity. Expect a similar treatment whenever Ford finally rolls out the highly anticipated Raptor R, but also a few surprises in the form of more exotic conversions, as well. In the here and now, though, nothing can outclass the undisputed heavyweight champ of 6×6 pickup trucks for those who feel the need to own and drive something as undeniably excessive as the Juggernaut.
This country’s unmatched and unlimited industrial might helped define the 20th century. But that was then, and this is now.
Crystal Mill: Marble, Colorado
When you first see the Crystal Mill—a former powerhouse cantilevered over a rushing river at an altitude of more than 10,000 feet—the first word that you may think of is Jenga. After all, with rough-hewn beams crisscrossing their way up to the mill’s main rooms, the whole structure seemingly has a wobbly future. But despite appearances, the mill—which dates to the 1890s—has proved remarkably sturdy even though it has been out of service for more than a century.
Part of that durability comes from the outcropping of rocks on which the mill is built, stone that also forms the bed of the Crystal River, giving the setting an even more striking appearance, as water constantly cascades past. That steady flow was key to the mill’s existence, spinning a waterwheel that powered an air compressor for the Sheep Mountain Tunnel, a slip of silver that lured a generation of workers to this rugged and remote chunk of the Centennial State.
Many of those who came to delve into the mountains lived in the nearby town of Crystal City, which, like its namesake mill, still stands, albeit largely abandoned. The town was once home to 600 or so souls, working at various mines and drinking to keep warm, though a crash in the price of silver emptied out the barrooms (and most of Crystal, too).
Those who make the trip from places like Aspen—about 20 miles northeast, but a nearly two-hour drive snaking through the mountains—are treated to a picturesque look into Colorado’s history, which was long tied to what lay beneath its soil. Framed by snowcapped peaks of the Elk Mountains and lush treescapes, the mill is commonly cited as one of the most photographed locations in Colorado.
The Sheep Mountain mine closed in 1917, taking the mill’s meaning-of-life along with it. In late 2021, plans for a “high-end winter and summer retreat,” offering backcountry skiing and fly-fishing, were reported in local newspapers, hot on the heels of a music festival that sprouted along Crystal City’s long-overgrown main street. But more than music, the main draw here remains the mill itself, still standing tall, despite its seemingly precarious perch.
Port Richmond Generating Station: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
A hulking neoclassical behemoth on the banks of the Delaware River, the Port Richmond Generating Station bears both the scars of its age and the faint etching of its past owner and purpose: the Philadelphia Electric Company.
The building’s birth dates to the Jazz Age, when Philadelphia was booming and needed energy to bring light to its eventually Springsteen-serenaded streets. The method of making electricity was simple and sultry: Coal-fired boilers would superheat water, the resulting steam would spin turbines and converters would channel the spark out into Philly’s territory.
Despite its industrial ethos, the company wanted the station to look good, too, so it hired John T. Windrim, the famed Philly architect who had designed a series of anciently inspired buildings around town. For the Port Richmond station, Windrim’s vision included an arching, skylighted turbine hall that was “modeled after the ancient Roman baths,” according to Jack Steelman’s Workshop of the World, a study of the city’s industrial history.
That building opened in 1925, though only part of Windrim’s plan came to fruition: The Depression, after all, dramatically reduced the need for power, and the prospects for generating a profit off it. Still, improvements and addendums kept it purring till the mid-’80s, when it finally closed after six decades in service.
Since then, neglect and the Northeastern winters have pockmarked the glass ceiling of the wide-open main hall, leaving it with dozens of broken windows, casting slivers of sunshine on the floor below, which sometimes floods, as rain and snow pelt the stone carapace and puddles therein. A tree sprouts from the rooftop and rust cakes smokestacks.
Massive tubes and bulbous boilers still create a sense of outsized, Alice in Wonderland wonder. Crust-covered railings and balconies surround the eerie central atrium, and in a mothballed control room, every knob, monitor and indecipherable gauge is coated with dust, even as discarded papers still litter the floor. The facility’s coal tower remains standing in the middle of the Delaware, connected to the riverside ruin by an arm of metal, but vandals and scrappers have had their way with some of the fixtures inside and outside the plant. Rain and snow fall inside the structure during storms, and tidal waters sometimes lap at the ancient machinery.
Even so, the Richmond plant has managed to foster some fame for itself in its retirement, appearing as a post-plague psych ward in the 1995 movie Twelve Monkeys and, more recently, as a backdrop for menacing machines in 2009’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (as was its sister plant, the Delaware Generating Station, a little farther downriver).
The parcel of land on which it sits was sold to a local development company in 2019, and the building’s future is unclear. Until then, the Richmond continues to watch the city around it evolve, with new skyscrapers rising around it like the steam that once billowed inside.
Great Northern Grain Elevator: Buffalo, New York
Long before Buffalo was known as the home of chicken wings, beef-on-weck or even the Bills, the Queen City was considered the grain-storage capital of the United States. That distinction—a weird one, to be sure—came in large part because of a series of soaring cement grain elevators that were built on the edge of Lake Erie, where Midwestern-grown wheat would come east on ships, before being sent to market along the Erie Canal or other byways.
Perhaps the most notable of these structures—at least for grain-elevator aficionados—was the Great Northern, a 15-story, brick-cladded “cathedral,” according to Gregory Delaney, a clinical assistant professor at the University at Buffalo’s architecture school.
Once fueled by electricity generated by Niagara Falls, about 20 miles northwest, the Great Northern was essentially a giant machine disguised as a building, using a series of pulleys, hoppers and conveyers to move grain from trains and ships to a series of steel bins inside. The building’s brick cladding kept the steel bins safe from the harsh winters and raking lake-side winds.
Buffalo’s connection to the wheat trade was once so intertwined that Buffalonians joked that the whole city “smelled like Cheerios.” Eventually, however, as trucks and planes began to make canal-travel obsolete, many of the city’s grain elevators fell into disuse, including the Great Northern, which closed in 1981.
The building’s current owner, a subsidiary of the food giant Archer Daniels Midland, acquired the building in 1992, and has sought several times to demolish it, leading to fierce battles with local preservationists, including an ongoing court saga. The pressure to tear down the Great Northern intensified in late 2021, when a powerful winter storm ripped away a section of the building’s brick on its northern wall, leading ADM to seek an emergency order to tear it down.
Conservationists insist the elevator is still structurally sound even as developers have floated various ideas for renovating it—a museum, apartments, a cultural center. Architectural experts like Gregory Delaney say that its destruction would be a major historical loss. Other fans agree.
“It’s hard for outsiders to believe, but people in Buffalo really cherish and value the elevators,” said Tim Tielman, the executive director for the Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture, which has sued to stop the demo. “They are big, gritty survivors, and this is the grittiest of them all.”
Tintic Standard Reduction Mill: Outside Gosben, Utah
Nestled into an arid hillside about an hour south of Salt Lake City, the Tintic Mill lived fast and died young, processing silver ore with the so-called Augustin method for a brief shining moment in the early 1920s, before being supplanted by more sophisticated means.
While its roots are a century old, the Tintic—so named for the mountain range in which it sits—sometimes resembles something even more ancient: its empty foundations suggesting a lost Aztec outpost, perhaps; its vacant bins evoking the ancestral, indigenous caves of New Mexico’s Bandolier National Monument. From other angles, the old mine looks vaguely futuristic, with its rounded tanks resembling the helm of some grounded starship, or maybe a lost and labyrinthine Cubist sculpture, magically transported from Paris to the middle of nowhere.
The Tintic’s location only intensifies its sense of otherworldliness. Located just outside Goshen, UT, the mine is surrounded by Martian desolation, though that remote—and occasionally rattlesnake-friendly—vibe has done little to discourage a steady stream of admirers.
Utah officials have not been amused by their interests, however, warning that the Augustin method involved a bevy of unpleasant and distinctly poisonous chemicals, including arsenic and lead, which still pollute the site—and those that traipse past “No Trespassing” signs to visit it. The site also has scientific and historical import; in 1978 it was included on the National Register of Historic Places, with archivists noting its engineering.
Indeed, as toxic as it was, the hillside design of the Tintic was also clever, using the gravity of the slope to facilitate the extraction of silver from its ore. Despite that ingenuity, the mine was a financial bust—costing millions in 2022 dollars for only a few years of use—and quickly made obsolete by cheaper methods of leeching out riches from rocks.
And while other nearby extraction- era mines also faltered and failed, leaving behind ghost towns and other odd tourist attractions, few seem to draw the artistic-minded souls who have decorated Tintic over the years. Enormous eyes and cryptic initials now stare out at the mountains beyond, as flowers and faces stare at visitors from the curved walls of the long-drained water bins.
As part of the Goshen Warm Springs Wildlife Management Area, the land is managed by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, which has kept it closed it to the public. But considering the off-the-beaten-track appeal of locations like Marfa, TX, one could imagine a quirky museum in such a locale, if only they could get rid of the mine’s poisonous past.
And, of course, the rattlers.
Satsop Nuclear Plant: Elma, Washington
Once part of the largest nuclear power plant construction project in the nation’s history, the Satsop never saw a single flicker of fission. The multibillion-dollar plan ground to a halt in 1983 because of a financial meltdown by its owner—the Washington Public Power Supply System, sometimes nicknamed “Whoops”—resulting in the largest municipal bond default in U.S. history at the time.
Despite its bankrupt past, however, Satsop still looks the part, with a pair of completed cooling towers; demolishing them would have cost even more money that the developer didn’t have, so they remained standing, even as the national appetite for nuclear power faded, a trend no doubt edified by the terror of the 1986 Chernobyl accident.
Satsop continues to try to turn a buck, having been incorporated into a local business park made up of various formerly nuclear-minded industrial spaces. (At least one warehouse was tapped to grow marijuana, which is legal in Washington.) The site offers up a tech center and workforce training center, though it has also been used for slightly more exciting activities, such as military and first-responder training, complete with hazmat suits and armored equipment, which, of course, is never the most comforting thing to see around a nuclear plant.
“What’s so BIG about Satsop Business Park?” reads a come-on on the group’s website. “Everything!”
Indeed, the towers soar hundreds of feet in the air, poking their gray heads far above the mist-watered trees that surround them (and most of Elma, southwest of Seattle). Their unique shape—elegantly curved walls, tapering and turning up to the often-cloudy sky—make for curious acoustics, as do the thick concrete walls of some parts of the facility, with some companies doing sound research inside. A metal stairway climbs the side of each tower, leading to a narrow walkway nearly 500 feet in the air; there is also the still extant reactor building, and a series of tunnels, some hundreds of feet long, that bore underneath the Satsop.
Before Covid shut down, well, “Everything!,” such unique features made the facility popular with sci-fi filmmakers—the Transformers series used the location twice—as well as some more experimental souls. That includes Japanese-born, Seattle-based artist Etsuko Ichikawa, who created an eerie short film there after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in her home country drenched and partially destroyed another nuke: the Fukushima power plant, leading to a massive release of radioactivity.
No such worries envelop Satsop, however, whose pre-Enron-era cash crunch never let it go nuclear. And for the time being, not much art is happening there, either, as its owners have stopped rentals for shoots, leaving both killer robots and trippy-film makers scouting for other backdrops.
Six Flags New Orleans: New Orleans, Louisiana
Although not a 20th-century industrial colossus shuttered by the gig economy, the fading fun that is represented by the Six Flags New Orleans—swamped by the 2005 storm Katrina, which killed nearly 2,000 people and caused more than $100 billion in damage—is trenchant, with abandoned rides still beckoning a crowd that never arrives.
Built under the name Jazzland, and opened in 2000, the $130 million wonderland was originally meant to represent the always vibrant vibe of NOLA, with areas named Cajun Country, the Goodtime Gardens and, naturally, Mardi Gras. Leaning on the city’s culture and heritage, the park offered live music and glittering beads to visitors, just like Bourbon Street; “When the Saints Go Marching In” was known to serenade those waiting in line for the next thrill.
And unlike many of New Orleans adult-oriented attractions, Jazzland, which was taken over by Six Flags in 2002, was meant for family fun, with a giant wooden roller coaster with a rockin’ name, the Mega Zeph; the Muskrat Scrambler, which specialized in brain-rattling hairpin turns; and eventually the loop-crazy, neon green Jester, recalling Batman’s nemesis, the Joker. As that suggests, Six Flags had added a DC Comics tie-in, with an inverted coaster devoted to the Caped Crusader.
Indeed, a superhero might have been called for in August 2005, when Katrina roared ashore, making landfall near New Orleans with winds well in excess of 100 mph, drenching rains and a catastrophic storm surge. The damage at Six Flags was extreme: Up to seven feet of water cascaded into the park, spilling through turnstiles and into the machinery of rides, destroying their electronics and other parts, and forever stilling them.
Closed for Storm, a 2020 documentary about the park, outlined much of the damage, as well as the ongoing upset among New Orleans residents who feel that the park’s abandonment is symbolic of the neglect still plaguing parts of the city.
In 2009, Six Flags negotiated out of its lease with the city, which took back the land. Over the years vandals and graffiti artists made their way into the remains, even as curiosity-seekers sought it out, too, roaming through buildings where 2005 calendars and promotion plans for that fall still hang on the walls.
There will be 272 regular season NFL games in 2022, the second year of a scheduling format that boasts 17 games per team. That’s a lot of football, but some of these contests will be better than others.
Your preferred sort of NFL game is a personal decision. Maybe you like watching the Jacksonville Jaguars play the Detroit Lions in a cavernous Ford Field on the first Sunday in December. Or you might enjoy the Washington Commanders playing the New York Giants two times in three weeks in the last month of the season. Everyone is into something, and any NFL game can be fun in its own way.
But if you’re wondering what’s really worth watching this season (aside from your favorite team), the list below will help. Here are seven NFL games that should appeal to a wide football audience, either because they’re heavyweight bouts or they will showcase some other good storyline. These might not all be Game of the Year contenders, but they look juicy on paper as the league revs up for 2022. TV schedules are still being sorted out, but you can check times here once they’re released.
If you ask us, grilling shouldn’t be relegated to the spring and summer. Grill all year round. Come winter, pull on the parka and get that brisket on the barbie. Just make sure you’re stocked and ready with the best BBQ sauces in the game. While the quality of the meat should be a top priority, there’s no denying a tasty sauce steals the show when whipping up ribs, pulled pork, or drumsticks. Sauce is sacred.
That’s why you should explore the wild world of craft BBQ sauces outside your local grocery store. Load up on any of these 10 epic BBQ sauces and pull off a feast folks will be talking about for many cookouts to come. Whether you like a bit of heat or prefer your meats with something sweet and smoky, we’ve got the perfect sauce for you.
Tastiest BBQ Sauces to Elevate Your Grilling
1. Elda’s Kitchen
Do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle, three-pack ($24), or sixer ($36) of these small-batch sauces based on 1950’s kitchen culture, which are currently made in 12 flavors. Our vote is creating a build-your-own three-pack with Kentucky Bourbon, Jamaican Jerk, and Black Cherry BBQ—but the world is your oyster.
2. Runamok Merquén Smoked Chili Pepper Infused Maple Syrup
Late summer grilling is a match made in Merquén Smoked Chili Pepper Infused Maple Syrup heaven. A medley of sweet and spicy flavor profiles, Merquén is a chili blend from the Mapuche region of Chile. When coupled with maple syrup, it creates the perfect balance of heat, smoke, and caramel. Happy hour imbibers, be sure to double up on Runamok Maple Organic Smoked Maple Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup.
3. Ponti BBQ Sauce With Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, IGP
This versatile condiment works well on meat, fish, and veggies, thanks to a combination of sweet and sour notes with moderate acidity. Balsamic vinegar of Modena is an IGP (Indication of Geographic Protection)-certified Italian condiment, so you can rest assured that it’s a high-quality product from this nine-generation, family-owned-and-operated company. Another brilliant choice: Ponti BBQ Sauce with Italian Apple Cider Vinegar.
There are multiple paths to wealth – some of them have worked for decades, others have only emerged recently. However, there is always room for something new, including new ways of thinking and accumulating capital. From capitalizing on joint ventures and affiliate partnerships to monetizing the fact that internet use has soared by 70 percent since the start of the pandemic, there are plenty of emerging approaches to striking it rich — and many of them would be news to your parents.
Realizing the shift in the way people do business, Gary Vaynerchuk, or Gary Vee for short, decided to step away from the accepted norms and tap into the potential of now when he launched VaynerMedia a decade ago. Over the years, the customer-centric branding agency has masterminded hugely successful social media campaigns, but not at the expense of providing tailored one-on-one services. Vaynerchuk explains, “We are a modern mix of traditional Madison Avenue thinkers of yesterday and internet-centric storytellers of today who believe a single tweet can go all the way to a Super Bowl commercial.”
Vaynerchuk says that the secret behind VaynerMedia’s success is this marriage of old-school values and modern technology. The business guru and best-selling author of Crush It and Jab, Jab Right Hook, Vaynerchuk is adamant that there has never been a better time to shift perspectives on ways to accumulate wealth. The following leaders in their respective fields are a case in point. All have taken different elements of Vaynerchuk entrepreneurial strategy to build their own business success.
Leverage the Power of One-On-One Time
According to Vaynerchuk, trying to compete on volume can be a tedious game. The CEO of the Champion Academy Ed JC Smith agrees, believing that in a world of overwhelm, coaches and consultants need to change their tactics. “If you want to generate paid clients every month and you can help someone get to their outcome then the quickest and easiest service to sell today to accumulate wealth is your one-to-one time,” he says. “Everyone wants personalization today — they want to speak to a real person.”
Smith’s venture The Champion Academy offers training programs that teach coaches and entrepreneurs how to sign up paying clients without breaking a sweat. And he certainly knows what he is talking about. Highlighting that just like most people who buy a book will never read it, Smith says that most people who buy courses with no support never even access the program they purchased. And this isn’t good for anybody. “So with this said, start selling personalized one-to-one, transition into a group coaching program but keep that personalized touch. If you do that you will be head and shoulder above the rest of the market,” he says.
Think Outside the Constraints of Your Existing Market and Pricing
Vaynerchuk believes that you should never limit yourself. So does Lawrence Ellyard, the CEO of IICT. In particular, they both maintain that you should promote your goods and services in new markets and territories, and look to replicate your business in complimentary industries.
“And never underestimate the power of mobilizing your existing customers to join your salesforce,” Ellyard says. “Capitalize on joint-ventures and affiliate partnerships to expand your operations into new territories and ensure all parties receive a generous share in the revenue.”
Ellyard also believes that promoting a flat structure within your organization and team can lead to new creative ideas. “Your team can come up with a multitude of ideas and creative thinking. Never underestimate the power of collective genius,” he says. “And promote your offering and usual price points but where possible offer a premium service or product that is 10 times more than your standard product or service, there will always be a few clients that will purchase the best, irrespective of price.”
Tap Into Your Inner Energy
Vaynerchuk knows all too well that self-sabotage can stand in the way of success. As such, he believes that it is important to check yourself before trying to conjure what wealth will feel like in 2022 and the years to come.
This is precisely what the founder of Lean Into Your Glow LLC, Amy Bingham, advocates. “When you are in full alignment with your soul, abundance and wealth will naturally flow in your space. Being wealthy means you have a positive net worth in all areas of your life; mind, body, and soul,” she says.
According to the coach and healer, who uses her expertise to help others release negative thought patterns through her Lean Into Your Glow program, it’s when you are serving others that
you tap into the overflow of abundance for resources and connections. “When you can reside in the energy of pure peace, where fear, judgment, and self-sabotage can’t exist. Only then will you be aligned with the full divine soul expression of opulence. This is where true wealth lies.”
Utilize the Power of Social Media
Whether it’s Twitter or LinkedIn, Vaynerchuk is the heavyweight champion of social media. And so is the President of Blair Kaplan Communications Blair Kaplan Venables. The social media marketing expert who helps others reach their business goals says that the cultivation of clout is the new currency that determines wealth. “With clout comes thought leadership, influence, and the ability to empower others,” she emphasized.
According to her, the most successful way to increase this wealth is to keep planting your seeds of knowledge on social media so that you can watch your following and credibility grow. At the same time, Kaplan is quick to point out that disconnecting is just as important as connecting. “Step away from technology once in a while. Go outside, breathe the fresh air, feel the grass beneath your feet. This disconnect will help you be even more creative and productive when you get back to the screen.”
Don’t Be Afraid to Take the Path Less Traveled
Vaynerchuk didn’t make his millions by following in the footsteps of others. He was bold and confident, risking it all to venture into uncharted territory. This is exactly what the founder of MPowered Voice Publishing and co-owner of Magnetic FM with Robert J Moore. Marianne Padjan teaches her clients. “It’s always easier to follow someone who has already been there and done that. But a lot of what is required is the confidence to move forward with a great idea,” she says.
Unfortunately, Padjan also believes that most people are too uncomfortable to step out of their comfort zone and miss out on opportunities. This is where her services can help. “A coach is a perfect person to encourage you and help lead you to your greatness. I am the person to help you at the time and when you are ready to explore, release and empower your inner self into a more confident and successful you.”
Always Diversify Your Content Through Different Platforms
Just like Vaynerchuk, Influencer and Life Coach, Moon Maison, believes that everyone has something to teach the world. “Everyone has a story and message to share with their audience. They have a unique perspective that they can deliver in their own special way.” She believes that investing in your personal development is the key to success, she says, “Most people carry deep-rooted negative beliefs around success, money, and wealth. If you want to manifest abundance and wealth, you must let go of these beliefs to attract it into your life.”
Having a large social media influence, Maison advised it’s essential to always spread out your content in different platforms for better reach “There are so many great platforms for creators to leverage their following. I think it’s smarter to diversify your content through 3 or more different income-generating platforms. Subscriptions are pivotal for any influencer on the road to accumulating wealth,” Maison shared.