Adoboloco, Maui’s Homegrown Hot Sauce made by Tim Parsons @adoboloco and Family

It’s my first time standing in the Lokahi Kitchen, located behind Cafe O Lei on Market Street in Wailuku. Tim Parsons and his wife Summer, the founders of Adoboloco, are carefully bottling  their jalapeno hot sauce. They start by making an exclusive amount of a test batch of an unrevealed super spicy version.

“Do you know what a ghost pepper is?” Tim asks me.

“Yep,” I say.

Tim Parsons and his muse

Wearing rubber gloves, Tim gingerly deposits ghost pepper slivers into his original recipe Adoboloco bottles while my mouth waters. Ghost pepper, also known as the bhut jolokia, rates an unbelievable 1,050,000 units on Scoville scale, double the heat of the habanero. It’s considered the hottest pepper in the world.

Now I’m a spicy aficionado, clamoring for ever hotter pangs of pepper on my palate. I desperately want to try this version but I also don’t want to seem overeager, so I hold back. I’m here for the original recipe Adoboloco anyway.

Adoboloco is a homegrown jalapeno hot pepper sauce. Of course, “homegrown” is almost an understatement. The Parsons and their three kids started a garden in Kihei as part of their homeschooling strategy and the jalapeno section really took off. In a push to utilize the prolific growth, Tim played with a hot sauce recipe and ended up making history.

“I started making larger and larger batches and couldn’t keep up with the requests,” Tim says. “At that point I knew it was time to go bigger. Now my immediate family is addicted to it, along with my extended family and friends. Seriously – one bottle will be drained by the end of a meal sometimes.”

Tim originally made the home brewed hot sauce and bottled it in empty whiskey bottles that were lying around. But when his friends and family started requesting their own bottles, he knew he had a hit on his hands. It’s also not the first time Tim has worked on a sauce.

“I had an idea about creating some products under the Adoboloco name,” he says. “The best adobo is pretty easy to cook but it takes a while to really master the flavor balance. So I originally wanted to create a true adobo (Filipino Style) sauce that someone could use for a quick adobo meal. Just cut up your choice of protein or vegetables, throw in the pan, pour on the sauce and have a tasty meal in minutes. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the flavors right in the pre-mixed form that would be shelf-stable. So I scrapped the product idea and kept developing other adobo recipes and sharing them on my blog”

The jalapeno sauce has a nice spicy flavor that doesn’t burn too heavy. I like putting it on salads and veggies. I also substitute it as part of the vinegar in my vinaigrette. It’s great on proteins and rice, adding a mouthwatering zing to plate lunch type dining. In fact, it’s completely replaced my love for Hawaiian chili pepper water, especially given that those store bought versions are mostly MSG. Tim says he eats Adoboloco everyday and hasn’t gotten sick in over a year, attributing his health benefits to the chili in the sauce.

You can find Adoboloco at Rodeo General Store in Kihei, Alive and Well in Kahului, Ono Gelato in Lahaina and online at In April they will start selling it at the Swap Meet in Kahului. If you order online from Maui Adoboloco, they’ll reimburse your shipping.

Or you can win a bottle of Adoboloco right here! Just write a comment below (in three sentences or less) on why you should try a bottle of Adoboloco and you’ll be entered to win a free bottle!



  • Piihonua Springs Hawaii Farms

    Regarding recent article featuring Tim in Hana Hou magazine (Hawaiian Airlines magazine)
    There is a Hawaiian Chili Pepper Farm in Hilo selling fresh red chilis in the State of Hawaii (delivered in one day) and whole dried chilis all over the world. Check it out at


    Hey, I think your site might be having browser compatibility issues.

    When I look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping.

    I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, very good blog!

  • Adoboloco

    Aloha & Mahalo for all the comments and support. We’re now at the Maui Swap meet on most Saturdays 7am-1pm along with the above mentioned locations. Stop by and introduce yourself.

    If you can’t find it in your favorite store, ask the manager to bring it in.


  • Russ

    Well i love the Adoboloco hot sauce. Going to order more but would love to have some spicy to try. I love some fire in the hole!!

  • http://NA Tiger

    From La Peruse to Kapalua to Paia & Hana Adoboloco Jalapeno Hot Sauce is the shite! We need more!

  • http://NA Scott “Scooter” Metcalfe

    Adobolococo Hot Sauce is the “shizzle dizzle”. Me gusta en enchiladas!

    • Alison

      Michelle Zerr – The new site is perfect!!! The two of you have woerkd so hard to get this site up and running and it represents everything that is Jake & Jess. Anyone who knows you well like I do knows the music is you two , the photos are you two and the posing is you guys as well. You are your own brand and it shows!!! Big hugs from Me-Swell. I am smiling ear to ear as I know how much went into the site!!!

  • jonathan martshall

    aloha! hot peppers are my favorite thing and i am from the south so i grew up with them. i will do at least 50 pushups for a bottle or whatever u think is equal….maybe some yard work.

  • Teri Garrison

    because I don’t know anyone who loves hot sauce like I do…when I go on the road to sing the blues, I ALWAYS pack hot sauce in my suitcase! Because one of my life time best friends, Jalapeno Sam, from Luckenbach, Texas, was the guy that invented putting a jalapeno in the olive. because I put hot sauce in my tea with lemon and honey to soothe my throat after a gig…I neeeeeeeeeeeeeeed ADOBOLOCO!

  • kdiggity

    I need a bottle of this amazing sauce because I because this is actually, truly the FIRST hot sauce I have ever liked in my entire 27 years of life. One single taste blasted my flavor horizons and is now making me question everything I hold as true. The sauce-ibilities are endless.

  • Angela

    Well I don’t need a free sauce bottle since I’m a family member and get this all the time. This sauce is truly one of a kind though, it goes on everything best thing I like it on expecially is eggs yummmmmm.
    Adoboloco is great everyone needs to buy a bottle :)

  • http://facebook joan

    oh Man would I be Happy to Win this bottle of adoboloco. I Love to try new sauces on my meat. Try spicy and new on salads also i have with just a extra kick sounds Wonderful.

  • Johnny V

    I make my own chilli pepper water and I love it hot hot hot! Hot or not thought, I’ll give it a shot!

  • Lena Castles

    Have never heard of it or seen it before but would love to try Adoboloco! :)

  • Peeshy

    Just because I never heard of it and I am exciting to try it.

  • mac

    why have I not seen this before.. I must have it! cuz I’m so loco!…

  • Cindy Lee

    I’m always on the search for a local hot sauce. I was raised on spicy, if you weren’t sweating at the dinner table it wasn’t hot enough. Help me continue the family tradition of sweating at the dinner table!

  • Artemio

    I think I should get the free bottle of adoboloco because I am known as adobo at work. My license plate to all my gamer tags for Xbox and ps3 has the word adobo in it. I am mr. Adobo!!!!!

  • Micki

    I would love to try the new spicy adoboloco. Send me one please!

  • Jen Russo

    Yum Adoboloco is rad!