Orders now accepted for ‘Real Men Wear Pink’ barbecue


The deadline for ordering food for the inaugural 'Real Men Wear Pink' barbecue is Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Viera Voice Courtesy of Brevard County Fire Rescue

For many, October signifies a change in season. Pumpkin patches fill with gourds of all shapes and sizes.

Temperatures take a slight dip along the Space Coast, and the humidity decreases slightly, as well.

Although autumn colors are at the forefront of décor in October, a more vibrant hue is worn by some of Brevard’s bravest.

Brevard County Fire Rescue is currently accepting orders for its inaugural “Real Men Wear Pink’’ barbecue. The final date to submit an order is Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Thomas Neidert, who is the District Chief for District No. 45C, said that on Friday, Oct. 6, firefighters, paramedics and EMTs will deliver the food orders to businesses.

Those who place orders with Neidert can choose from brisket, pork butt, ribs and jackfruit — a vegetarian option.

According to a post on District Chief  Neidert’s Facebook page, the pork butt plate is $10; the smoked brisket and barbecue rib plate is $13; and a combo plate is $15. All lunches come with barbecue beans and coleslaw.

Cash, checks and PayPal will be accepted as appropriate forms of payment.

Neidert said he highly encourages businesses to pre-order meals as soon as possible since he is expecting the event to sell out.

“Say your business wanted to buy lunch one day,” Neidert said. “Your whole company would buy lunch from me, and we would deliver the free ordered lunch.”

Once an order is placed, a time for delivery will be provided.

In its first year, BCFR officials said that its fundraising goal for its “Real Men Wear Pink” barbecue is $5,000. The funds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

Neidert is no stranger to the devastating impacts that cancer can have on society.

“Both of my parents died from cancer, and my grandmother died from breast cancer,” he said. “Every October, people get involved in breast cancer awareness, and we want to inspire more people to get involved and do their part.”

The 25-year BCFR veteran said that his experience with cancer has inspired him to become more active in the community to help find a cure.

“I do a lot of charity events, like St. Baldrick’s in March for pediatric cancer,” Neidert said. “[County] Commissioner Curt Smith tasked me to be the ambassador for ‘Real Men Wear Pink,’ so I thought a barbecue would be a great way to help fundraise.”

Come Friday, Oct. 6, dozens of off-duty BCFR members will help Neidert make deliveries to area businesses, dressed in their “Real Men Wear Pink” shirts.

“Cancer is a big part of our lives, and I’m doing everything in my power to get people involved to help find a cure,” Neidert said. “Cancer will impact everyone — whether it was in the past, happening currently or will take place in the future.”

To place an order, contact Neidert at 321-604-2888 or email TNDART47@yahoo.com.