Reply by Karen (KC's mom) on
Drain off water the next day; cover with water and simmer on stovetop for 30 minutes. Drain well. Put beans, barley, sausage, water, garlic, and bay leaves into slow cooker. Stir. Cover and cook on low 7 to 9 hours. Remove bay leaves. Taste and add salt to taste.
love this! I used low sodium V8 & beef broth - and frozen spuds - still just as yummy. Also added sliced celery & leeks/onion. A Dash of garlic too! (Love Leeks)