Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles (sizzling) - Season four. Who would have thought we would have got this far? - Hey, four seasons. Like Vivaldi. (humming) Can't believe you chose that apron. - Comment below. Who wore it better? - I think the answer is pretty clear. - Oh yeah? Yeah, I don't think it'd beat this. (classical music) Bacon. Today on Worth It we're going to be trying three excellent forms of bacon at three drastically different price points to find out which one is the most worth it at its price. - I'm excited. Bacon is a great food. - I'm not actually that excited about this episode. - Really? - Yeah. It's just overrated. - The smell and the sound and the way it tastes. - I get it, but sometimes it's a little bit of an overload. - I can definitely understand that. (sneeze) - For this episode we are going to be trying three bacons not only at three price points, but in three different cities. Road trip. Sky trip. Home trip. - Yeah. Great. - We're going to Palm Springs, baby. (upbeat music) - Hi, my name's Tara Lazar. I own Cheeky's. - [Andrew] How did Cheeky's come to be? - I was sitting in front of a computer day trading and I really wanted a place to eat breakfast. I'm from Palm Springs, so I thought let's open a breakfast place. - You're kind of famous, I guess, for you bacon. How did the bacon flight come to be? - I like different kinds of bacon and I didn't want to have to choose. When we do bacon flights, we pick five different flavors. We change our flights every week. This week one of the flavors is miso butter. Miso has a really nice salt content so when you make bacon you typically need a salt and a sweet even if it's not gonna be a sweet bacon. The other one is rosemary sugar. That's fresh rosemary and chop it up and just put some brown sugar and salt. We bake almost all of our bacon. It's like the most even way of creating a perfect slice of bacon. - Now what is your opinion on crispy versus more tender? - Such a crispy girl. How about you guys? - I do prefer a little bit of a chew. - I just don't want to fight my food. - Right. He wants it crispy. Easy to chew, easy to swallow. - Adam sometimes doesn't get fed enough food on the show. - Should we try to make him something that makes him feel special? - I think so. - We're kind of the breakfast expert, so. - Okay, why don't we leave that up to you? - Okay. - I like that this feels like science. - Yeah. Cheers. - Tart but delicious. - [Steven] Bacon time. - I kind of like eating a strip of bacon with my hand. Are you okay with that? - Same. Yeah. - I have lots of cat scratches on my hands, though. Is that okay Adam? - Wait, you have a cat? - I don't, but I interact with cats frequently. (laughter) I found a cat. It won't be my friend. - Cheers. - Cheers. - Whoa. I've never had bacon like this before. - That is great. - It's neither chewy nor crispy. It's chewspy. It does taste like a warm bowl of miso packed into bacon. That's a good appetizer. - Yes. - Let's bring out the next one. Rosemary bacon. Wow. Crispy outside. Chewy inside. There's pockets of fat drooling. My favorite thing is when foods drool because they realize how good they taste. Oh, oh no. - That's my favorite. Rosemary, top three herbs easily. - Holy crap, that was like the best slice of bacon I've ever had. I can die happy now. - It's time to take flight with the bacon flight. Beeler apple cinnamon, miso butter, rosemary sugar, and a simple smoked one. Also, a jalapeno. This has got to be the way to go, right? - It's got to be the cheapest flight you've ever taken. - Oh, man. That's the one. It's so good. It's like the best jalapeno kettle cooked potato chip I've ever had. Cause it's bacon. - You full? - I feel good. - Should we finish that one? - Sure. - Or give it to Adam? (cheerful music) - That was an oh man on the Adam scale. - [Adam] Oh man. - Don't say we never feed Adam. - Can I get some of that? (laughter) Oh my god. (laughter) Alright. Back to L.A.? - In a minute. - The bacon flight. She's been doing it for 10 years. Where were you in 2007? At the prom. - No telling. - Yeah, you were at prom. - I'm not telling. - You were dancing. What were you doing 10 years ago? Playing RuneScape? - Why as a matter of fact I was. - I pick Cheeky's. - I already picked Cheeky's. I really like Tara. (laughter) What? Why are you laughing at that? You didn't like Tara? - Bacon fact. What we call Canadian bacon is actually pork loin or back bacon, which means that's it's technically not the same as U.S. bacon, which is made from pork belly. - It makes sense cause Canada is on the back of America. - Yeah. - American bacon, Canadian bacon. You're looking at the complete pig right there. So now we're on our way to Manuela. - Getting something called a BLT. Bacon, lettuce, tomato. - It's a sandwich. - You know, I accept BLTs. - News flash, most people accept BLTs. Their main ingredient is bacon. - My name's Christian Truong. I'm the chef de cuisine at Manuela restaurant in downtown L.A. - [Andrew] What sort of restaurant is Manuela? - Kind of Spanish flair. I wouldn't say Tex-Mex, but along that line. We do local ingredients. Our menu changes daily depending on what we get from the farmers market. - Today we're gonna be having your BLT. What are all the steps going into delivering that dish? - Getting the bread on the grill. Little char on it so you'll have that char flavor. Mayo, tomato, and some greens. - The bacon you cure in house? - Yes. - Curing is like this thing that I always hear happens to food. - You're pulling a lot of moisture out, preserving that meat there. It changes the flavor, the texture. So when you cure it with salt, sugar, maple syrup for about five days then wash it off, air dry it, and smoke it for about three hours. I think a BLT is just a simple but really good sandwich. So in this case we want to make the bacon shine. - [Andrew] How much bacon is going on this sandwich? Is it like a pretty tall stack or what? - [Christian] It's five slices. I think it's just the perfect amount. - So what do you have? - I have the prettiest michelada I've ever seen in my whole life. A little corny shone rammed into an olive. I'm gonna name a cat corny shone someday in my life. - I've never been a big fan of micheladas. - It's a difficult taste to acquire. Like if tastes were Pokemon, you would need a master ball for the michelada. - Cheers. Fresh squeezed, fresh made. Oh yeah. That's some good, good juice. - Let's have this sandwich. - Okay. - Because I watched this thing get made and I was blown away. - Favorite part of that process? Go. - Easily the meat slicer. - Same. - Some people aspire to own luxury cars. You know, your Mercedes-Benz. I want to pay a premium to get that hand cranked meat slicer. - Let's eat this BLT. Mm. I am sorry for all of the wrong things I said about bacon today. Bacon is good and not overrated. - This bacon is at the perfect point between crisp and tender. - Draw a graph. Crisp, tender. It's right on that line. You go off that line and you look like a fool. - Pickle break. I love that pickle. That's a very good pickle. What is the shape of bacon? It's like if you froze a weird sound wave. If a bacon strip was a sound wave, what would it sound like? - Wa. No, you do it. Do wa wa gu gu. It's wavy but not an even wavy. - You sound like a grandfather talking to a child. What do you think about the bacon? Bacon (speaking in foreign language). It's Japanese for fact. In Germany, bacon is called speck. S-P-E-C-K. - That's a speck-tacular fact. - In Netherlands, bacon is called spek. But no C. - That's a spek-tacular fact.