Sauté the bacon in a heavy saucepan over medium heat until crispy. Remove the bacon to paper towls to drain.
Add the onion and cook it in the bacon grease for 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Pour in the rice and cook until the rice is no longer translucent, 2-3 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, sugar, salt, pepper, bayleaf and pepper infusion. Bring to a boil over high heat.
Lower the heat, close the lid and keep on cooking for the time indicated by the package, checking halfway through the cooking. When the rice is ready, turn off the heat and let it rest for 5 minutes. Insert a dishcloth between the lid and the pot to absorb the humidity in excess.
Take off the bay leaf, separate rice grains with a fork and transfer the riceit in a serving plate. Serve it decorated with bacon cubes, cruncy vegatables, smoked seabass and thyme springs.