FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Mike Lester decided to delve into the world of bbq during the COVID-19 pandemic, and now he’s posing semi-nude on a calendar for prostate cancer awareness.

The Men of BBQ 2022 calendar features Lester and 11 other men from across Canada looking to raise around $7,000 for cancer research.

Like most ideas that involve scantly clad men, it started with small talk.

Kelly Lewis, owner of Barrel Boss Q, and Lester mentioned getting a bunch of barbecue dudes together to make a calendar, but nothing happened right away.

“There was no real discussion, and then it slowly blossomed into let’s use the power of social media to raise money for a cause,” says Lester, from Fort St. John.

A year ago, Lester bought his first Traeger smoker and started posting on social media under 250 Northern BBQ to support local and Canadian products.

Through his passion for cooking and seasoning meat, Lester says he’s made some lasting friendships.

“The barbecue community, as we call it on on Instagram, is a very close-knit group.”

“We knew a number of people that we thought would be willing to jump on board. We reached out and honestly, didn’t have one person say no [for the calendar].”

Next year, the Men of BBQ will have to stay near the fridge as the ladies step in.

“We’ve already signed on six ladies for next year’s Women of BBQ for 2023,” Lester says while speaking on releasing a calendar every year.

Anyone wanting to grab a calendar for $25 can head to Barrel Boss Q’s website and click on the Men of BBQ 2022 tab. Orders are taking place until November 15th.