Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp; remove bacon with a slotted spoon, reserving drippings in pan. Set bacon aside. Cook beef, salt, and pepper in drippings over medium-high heat 3 minutes, browning beef well on all sides. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds. Remove beef with a slotted spoon; set aside.
Add onion to pan; cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the flour, and cook for 2 minutes. Add the broth and next 5 ingredients, and bring to a boil. Return bacon and beef to pan. Cover and bake at 325° for 2 hours or until the beef is tender; discard the bay leaf. Serve over noodles.