Octopus! Will it BBQ?

  • Walton's Employee

    BBQ Octopus

    Will it BBQ? Octopus!

    In this segment we pose the question and the answer to Will it BBQ? So much more than just hamburgers, hot dogs, and other meats can be BBQ'd, Grilled, or Smoked. And, this is where we try out unique ideas for cooking on a grill or smoker. This week we are BBQ'ing Octopus and letting you know if it will BBQ or not!


    Prep Time

    10 Minutes

    Cook Time

    10 Minutes


    1 Boiled Octopus

    Utensils Needed

    Non-Stick Mesh Basket


    This depends on if you have purchased a boiled Octopus or not. We purchased one that was if you purchased one that was not you need to boil it first for about 30 minutes or steam it. Some people say that steaming it makes it sweeter. When you buy a preboiled one like we did all you need to do is separate the legs from the head, and if you want, sprinkle seasoning or olive oil on them and put them on the grill for a few minutes. We found it hard to get a char on the outside because of the high water content of the meat. It is important that you slice it very thin when eating.

    So, Will it BBQ?

    Absolutely! This worked really well in my mind as the Octopus had a very mild fish taste, similar to crab, or more accurately the fake crab meat you buy in stores that is usually some sort of flake or white fish. The real star here was the dipping sauces. We made one that was just a stick of butter in a pan that we added some Signature Pork Rub and it was excellent. All the sauces we dipped it in were excellent though! If you want to wow dinner guests this might be the best one we have done for that! I said it above and I will say it again here, it is VERY IMPORTANT to slice this thin. Thicker pieces become incredibly chewy and difficult to eat but sliced thin I thought it was wonderful! This is the shorter version, for anyone interested we have an extended version available as well to see all of our reactions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbNZTj4FabA.

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  • Austin & Jonathon
    A preboiled octopus is already cooked, seafood such as octopus, squid,shrimp, etc when reheated to much, when eaten tend to chew like rubber. You should try bbqing these item’s fresh. It will give you a better prospective as will it bbq. Where I work every chef and cook will not reheat shrimp, squid, octopus, etc. Due to the fact that it will become tougher to chew.

  • Walton's Employee

    @mswoody6-4 Thanks for the tips! With Octopus when you eat it without reheating is it rubbery if you cut big pieces? Everything I read said no matter what you should still slice it thin or it will be tough to chew. I’d love to do one with little neck clams for seafood next, it’s not exactly a revolutionary idea but sometimes it’s nice to do something just cause it is tasty!

  • If you’re going to try clams I suggest steamers or as we on Long Island call them piss clams because when you bbq them they will open up when fully cooked . The ones that don’t throw out they are dead and are poisonous. use a mix of lemon , butter and garlic.MMM,MMMM

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    Here is a link to a website that has a handy Excel spreadsheet. It is, as it says a free non-commercial site.
    As for Waltons dropping the ball, I vote they are doing a great job.
    I think for all of us there are general guidelines, but unless you have a temperature and humidity controlled environment, both for the preparation, cooking (if you cook them) smoking, hanging etc, the results are bound to vary from batch to batch.
    Personally, I am searching how to get my home made smoked and dry cured pepperoni to the exact texture and firmness of Margarita pepperoni from the store.
    Through trial and error I have the flavor where I want it, but not the texture or firmness. I know time, temperature and humidity are all crucial, but the best I can do is in the basement and then subject to the environment that is there.
    I figure as long as I am not killing anyone or making anyone sick I am making progress. Thanks Waltons for all of the great information so far.
    Having said that, it would be nice to have your chart in an Excel spreadsheet.

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    Thanks Jonathon! One question tho! You eluded to 178 being high for a temp! Don’t you guys recommend setting the temp at 175 during the final stage to completion to internal temp? Three degrees shouldn’t make that much difference should it??

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    Sounds reasonable. Thanks for your input. Pulling the meat at 152 will make a big difference I bet! Thanks again.

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  • @Kinger Thanks for the information. Your process, other than going to 178, is on in my mind. The only thing I do differently is an ice bath for 20 minutes. Showering for 10 minutes, if you are running a cycle and a fan in your smoker can work, but I still think an ice bath would bring it down faster and more. Last time I did thick summer sausage it was down to 110 in 20 minutes, I also tried showering it at 2 minutes on 2 minutes off for 20 minutes and it was only down to 136 (ish) but i did not have a fan running on them.

    One more thing you might want to try, if you are stalled towards the end you can finish them up by putting them in a vacuum bag (I have done then hot, right from the smoker, some condensation in the bag but it still gets a good vac) and get some water going at around 165, it should get up to temp in under an hour depending on the thickness.

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  • @Newbe There might be some breaking down of the meat but this shouldnt cause you too many issues. I have bought pork butts fresh, then froze them then processed and froze the product again. The taste might not be the BEST possible but it certainly wont be bad.

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  • @vjbutler no problem let us know

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