When Betty Reed retired from Montgomery Regional Hospital after 22 years of service in 2007, she never thought her family’s favorite barbecue sauce would become so popular, helping to create a new business.
Reed had served as a patient representative and administrative assistant at the hospital. Her husband, Larry, had retired from the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Salem a few years prior. They were married in 2007 and moved to a new home on Bent Mountain.
Thus, the family’s barbecue sauce was born, getting its commercial name from the location it is made at—Bent Mountain. The sauce is described as being sweeter than others and is great for dipping or on ribs, chicken and even in meat loaf.
Bent Mountain Barbecue will be one of over 75 vendors at Saturday’s Lions Club Christmas arts and crafts festival in the Christiansburg’s Recreation Center.
Reed found herself making a “tried and true” recipe for the sauce, giving it as Christmas gifts to family and friends. That led to rave reviews and those individuals wanting more.
In 2013, she decided to take the next step of making her kitchen officially certified by both Roanoke County and the Virginia…