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Anyone have Egg issues with their neighbors?

Mud PigMud Pig Posts: 479
edited 2:54AM in EggHead Forum
My wife and I bought a house about a year and a half ago. Needless to say I got my XL BGE during the first Spring and the rest is history. We were lucky enough to get into a neighborhood that doesn't have an association so there were no rules about grills or smokers. Likewise, its a nice enough area so you don't have to worry about any troublesome neighbors trashing their yards, which is nice.

The house next door has been vacant for a long while and my Egg is on the side of my yard near to that property. The house is under contract now and the new owners will probably take posession by the end of the month.

I'm a little worried that they may complain about the smell during a long pork butt, or rib cook. Hickory smoke tends to be a little pungent. I personally love it, but some others may not.

Anyone have experience with neighbors who hate the smell of BBQ and complain? Crossing my fingers that they are cool.



  • Jer_invaJer_inva Posts: 109
    Why not smoke a pork butt and give them the pulled pork as a 'welcome to the neighborhood' gift. Be hard for them to have a problem with your cooking on the egg after tasting the results. Jer
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817
    Mud Pig,

    I had problems when I had a smaller property. They were always coming over :laugh:



    Caledon, ON


  • icemncmthicemncmth Posts: 1,160
    Don't worry about it, just give them some to try and you will make new friends fast!!!
  • Boilermaker BenBoilermaker Ben Posts: 1,956
    Sounds like it's time for a housewarming gift!
  • SSN686SSN686 Posts: 3,217
    Morning MP:

    Just welcome them with some ribs when they move in and I'm sure you won't have any problems! :laugh: :laugh:

    Seriously, I have never had a problem with any of my neighbors about the smell of whatever is cooking...only that I don't invite them over enough.

    Have a GREAT day!


    Brandon, FL


  • Austin EggerAustin Egger Posts: 256
    That's true. I just got a new neighbor and took a pizza over to them. They were happy and we made new friends. :laugh:
  • NibbleMeThisNibbleMeThis Posts: 2,293
    Usually it's the opposite! They'll be wanting your pulled pork :woohoo: :silly:

    My neighbors have always been very cool about it. A few years ago, a neighbor was selling her house and joked that she should pay me to be smoking ribs while her open house was going on.
    Knoxville, TN
    Nibble Me This
  • icemncmthicemncmth Posts: 1,160
    Heck my neighbor will ask me to cook stuff for his family and he buys enough for his and mine! The last few times I cooked pork butts, ribs etc I didn't pay for the meat!!

    Now pizza is my gift to both of my neighbors on their birthdays'. I ask them every year what the want for their birthday's and both say a pizza party. I will cook around 10-15 16" pizza for a large group!
  • BordelloBordello Posts: 5,926
    No problems from my neighbors, they used to know on my door to find out what I'm cooking. I like to use a tip I got from our forum and I either cut an onion in half or quarters and mix in with the lump.

    It will put a very nice aroma in the air along with your smoke. If they don't like it about all you can do is try to compromise and move the egg. Of course you can't control the way the wind will blow. Give them some and you probably won't have any trouble.

    Good Luck,
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,393
    MudPig, even with my cooking, the neighbors poke their noses over the fence to see what no good I'm up to.

    I agree with the others to send over a nice welcome gift of your egged food or better yet, have them over for a BBQ.

    In a few months from now, you'll be placing a post on how to ward off demanding neighbors. :lol:
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 22,993
    i pray that no one ever buys and fixes up the abandoned house next to me. they clean up that yard and im first on the list of trashy yards in my neighborhood :laugh: i get this feeling of being punished as a kid when i do yard work, must have happened alot growing up :whistle: theres a possibility i weedwhack the yard this year, but maybe it will be next year :laugh: i save yard work for rainy days :laugh: and it really has to pour out
  • Rusty RoosterRusty Rooster Posts: 1,239
    Someone may have alredy answered this but just cook a butt the day they move in. Take it over as a housewarming gift and you should never have a problem. ;)
  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    Unless they are vegans....
    The Naked Whiz
  • Mud PigMud Pig Posts: 479
    I think they are a younger couple so I will definitely be sending over a welcome gift. Some nice ribs or simply inviting them over for some Q.

    I'm hoping that it will be a none issue.
  • fdxeggerfdxegger Posts: 69
    Everyone on my block has a grill of some kind. It's Texas what do you expect? Have had no complaints about smoke or smell, most of them want to know what's on the grill.
  • ClavinClavin Posts: 91
    or Jewish.

    or Muslim.

    but everyone loves brisket, don't they? well they should.
  • ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,684
    And if after taking all the above advice they still have a problem, tell’m to kiss your ass, that usually works
    happy in the hut
    West Chester Pennsylvania
  • Rusty RoosterRusty Rooster Posts: 1,239
    OK, OK, but the idea is there. B)
  • G-squaredG-squared Posts: 29
    As long as their not Vegans I think a little mixed grill welcome will bring you a lasting friendship.
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 6,332
    You might be the one having the problem when it's your smoke coming from their yard!
  • Veggies cook up nicely, too :)
  • JBUG99999JBUG99999 Posts: 263
    We have not had any complaints about the egg, but we have had a few, "what's for dinner" comments.

    However, I will say that our neighbor's retired K9 (German Shepard) must be trained to alert for smoke because when he is in the yard, and the smoke starts rolling, he lets the whole world know that he thinks there is a FIRE!

    The younger (currently working) K9 (not a shepard, but a smaller doge) never complains about the smoke, although he gets a little drooly sometimes. :whistle:
  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,047
    L M A O
    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Dunlap, IL
    Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
  • MP, I wouldn't worry in the least. The egg is a friend-maker. Unless you are right on top of them and smoking obnoxious stuff all the time, what could they possibly complain about? If you send over the care package, as mentioned, I think you will have no problems whatsoever.
    Happily egging on my original large BGE since 1996... now the owner of 6 eggs. Call me crazy, everyone else does!
    3 Large, 2 Smalls, 1 well-used Mini
  • RU EggsperiencedRU Eggsperienced Posts: 1,527
    I have 4 eggers on my short cul de sac... If we had a complaint, I'd be afraid what would happen... Clearly there would be pork butts coming from everywhere.

    Seriously, I think your neighbor will likely become a great friend, especially if you come with a nice egged welcome dinner...
  • EggsakleyEggsakley Posts: 1,017
    Show them the results from the egg and convince them to purchase one as well. Problem solved. :)
  • fieroguyfieroguy Posts: 777
    No neighbors - no issues.
  • thebtlsthebtls Posts: 2,300
    Zippy lip beat me to my suggestion.
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  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    LOVE IT!!! :laugh: B)
  • grillmandangrillmandan Posts: 270
    Make a sale to the new people, then ask your dealer for a free bag of coal!
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