Remove all of the netting and wrapping from the ham and lay the ham on a cutting board or preferably down into a large foil pan.
Pull the slices apart one by one and drizzle honey down in there.
You will want to hold the front so the slices do not fall all the way over and tear.
Add more honey to the top of the ham and the flat or front area. Spread it out with a brush or your hands.
Pull back the slices once again and sprinkle a bit of rub down in between each one. Oh so good!
Now apply rub all over the outside of the ham including the flat area in the front.
To finish things off, drizzle more honey all over the top,sides and front of the ham.
Tip: if the slices start to fall down in the front, use toothpicks to pin them up. I figured this out about halfway through the smoking process 😉
Set up your smoker for cooking at about 240°F using indirect heat.
If your smoker has a water pan, fill it with hot water.
We are going to apply light apple smoke for the full 3 hours that the ham is in the smoker.
Most store bought hams do well if you smoke them at 230 to 240°F for about 3 hours. These are already cooked and the process is only to add more smoke flavor and to add seasoning and perhaps crisp up the outside here and there. If you want to smoke for less time, that is perfectly acceptable but results may vary.
When the smoker is preheated, place the pan with the ham into the smoker.
The pan will catch drippings and keep your smoker cleaner.
Note: Some smokers such as the Bradley advise strongly against using aluminum pans in their smokers. I recommend that you follow the manufacturers advice for the safety and well-being of your smoker.
After about 2 hours, you can opt to make the pineapple/root beer glaze and pour it over the ham. This is optional but recommended.
The honey and rub will add an amazing flavor to the ham but if you want to add a little something extra that goes really well, you can make this glaze:
Add the ingredients into a sauce pan over medium-high heat.
Bring to a boil and let it reduce for 6-8 minutes to thicken.
When it's finished, gently pour it all over the top of the ham.
See the toothpicks I mentioned earlier.. holding the front slices up? It works well and can be removed before serving.
If you are quick, you won't lose much heat.
Alternative glazing method if you did not use a pan in the smoker
Remove the ham from the smoker about 15 minutes early, place it in a oven safe pan or dish and pour the pineapple/root beer glaze all over the top of the ham.
Place into an oven preheated to 275°F for about 10 minutes.
After 3 hours of smoking/cooking time, the ham is finished and can be removed from the smoker.
Remove the ham from the pan onto a serving platter and call dinner.