Assemble ingredients and utensils. Cook
bacon in a large skillet until crisp; remove bacon, reserving 2 tablespoons of drippings in skillet. Drain, crumble bacon and set aside.
Saute garlic, green pepper, onion, and celery
in drippings over medium heat until tender; stir in tomatoes and hot sauce.
Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes,
stirring occasionally. Set aside.
Meanwhile, combine 6 cups water and salt in
large saucepan, bring to a boil. Add grits. Cook over low heat. stirring
occasionally, 10- 20 minutes or until grits become thickened.
Remove from heat;
stir in tomato mixture and serve.