Rodney’s Rub (Makes 2 cups)
- Mix all of the ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
Rodney’s Sauce (Makes 1 gallon)
*Chef’s Note: This recipe is for a large amount but because of the ratios and the way it cooks down it is important to make this much—it is not recommended to reduce this recipe by more than half. If you are using it as a “mop sauce” while grilling or smoking, you will need quite a lot with some left for the table. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 8 weeks.
- In a small stockpot, warm the vinegar over medium-high heat. After about 5 minutes, when the vinegar reaches 150 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, just before it starts to simmer, add the lemon slices and continue to cook until the lemon peels begin to soften and wilt, about 10 minutes more.
- Whisk in the black pepper, cayenne, pepper flakes, and sugar. Continue to cook over medium-high heat until the sugar is completely dissolved and the sauce reaches 190 degrees, about 10 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and allow to completely cool before using. Once the lemon is removed, the sauce can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 8 weeks.
- Fire up your grill to 250 degrees.
- Prepare the turkey by sprinkling rib rub all over both sides of the bird.
- Place the turkey on the grill grate skin-side down, close the grill, and cook for 1 hour 30 minutes.
- Using a small, clean mop or a basting brush, baste the turkey with the sauce. Flip the turkey so it’s skin-side up and baste the skin side. Cover the grill and cook until the thickest part of the thigh meat measures 160 degrees, another 1 hour 30 minutes.
- Remove the turkey from the grill and let it rest for 30 to 40 minutes before carving and transferring to a platter.