A couple of times a year, my husband, Scott, likes to surprise our daughter, by bringing home octopus to smoke. It was during a family vacation to Hawaii that Nena fell in love with “Smoked Tako”. That’s the Hawaiian name for smoked octopus (“tako” is Japanese for “octopus”).
Because flying to Hawaii a few times a year is not in our budget, we had to come up with our own version of smoked tako. I tried different brines, but couldn’t achieve the right flavor. After a lot of trial and error, I came up with this version.
Here’s a helpful link that will teach you how to clean the baby octopus: