Chop 2 slices of the bacon. Over medium-high heat, heat a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Add the sliced and chopped bacon and cook until crisp, turning slices occasionally, 5 to 6 minutes. Move sliced bacon to paper towel and set aside. Add onion, carrot and thyme to pan with the chopped bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, 6 to 7 minutes. Stir in the corn kernels and garlic. Cook 4 minutes.