Prepare all your ingredients while your Stok Gridiron Grill heats up.
Heat your Cast iron kettle insert on your STOK grill. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy. After bacon is done drain it on a paper plate and leave one Tab of bacon grease in your Cast iron kettle insert.
Melt butter in the Cast Iron kettle insert.
Add garlic and onion and cook until the onions are clear.
Add flour to the cooking ingredients and stir until the flour is lightly browned. About 1 minute
Gradually add milk into the browned gravy.
Add the vegetable stock and clam juice at the same time. Add the thyme and bay leaf.
Bring this mixture to a boil and add potatoes
After the potatoes are soft, about 10 minutes. Add the clams.
Stir in half and half until the soup is your desired consistency.
Constantly stir or whisk this to keep it from sticking.
Garnish with the crisp bacon.
Garnish with parsley and serve.