Optional toppings - sliced red onionsliced tomato, lettuce
Prepare barbecue sauce according to directions. Set aside or refrigerate if made ahead time.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with heavy duty foil. Place bacon on the prepared baking sheet and roast in the oven for 15 minutes or until crisped to your liking. Drain well on paper towels, blotting tops with additional paper towels to remove as much grease as possible. Carefully remove and toss foil from pan. Set bacon aside.
In a large mixing bowl combine the ground beef with salt and pepper. Form into 6 patties.
Coat a stove top grill or large pan with non-stick cooking spray and cook the patties over medium heat for about 5 minutes or till nicely browned on one side. Flip the patties and generously coat with the prepared barbecue sauce. Cook an additional 5 minutes or till cooked well throughout and no longer pink in the center. Slice each piece of bacon in half and top each burger with 2 halves, in a criss cross pattern. Top with a slice of sharp cheddar cheese and cook just till cheese has melted.