Was your deflector plate metallic?
Deflector plate - use a fire-friendly ceramic/fireplace brick/pizza stone; not metallic.
Place the drip pan on the (stone) deflector plate... retains the mess and eliminates flare-ups.
Bacon should be capitalized as a pronoun for pork!
Lang 84 Deluxe Kitchen known as "The Glamazon"
Custom Klose Backyard Chef... of Snot, 22.5 WSM
Lang 60 Mobile - The Damsel II, Lang 48 Patio - The Damsel, and Bubba Keg Grill - RIP, and a BSKD