Whole 2-4 lb. octopus @ $1.99lb. Always wanted to cook one, but what could be more intimidating. I don't know how to choose, clean, skin, or portion a whole octopus. Does it need to be boiled/steamed before grilling? Can it be smoked? How is it seasoned or served? I assume it can be overcooked and rendered chewy/inedible with improper treatment, much like squid.
I know some guys and gals here are quite competent with seafood cookery, so please outline how to prepare delicious octopus for a first timer. Thanks so much, in advance.