Yesterday I pan-fried some potatoes in about ⅛" of oil and was left with the usual ring of golden, tacky, partially-polymerized oil on the pan walls, above the oil. I hate this stuff, it's the hardest thing I face on my stainless pans. I have a bitch of a time getting it off. BKF and a sponge don't work. BKF and a brush, same. BKF left to sit and a chainmail scrubber, better, but not much. I don't want to spend a half hour scrubbing a pan. I found myself wishing for a heavy duty green scrubby pad, but I hate all those pads because of the gunk they hold.
I ended up using what I usually use, oven cleaner. I love the way oven cleaner lifts the oil, requiring no work on my part. But even the fume free version has a pretty nasty propellant, forcing me out to the patio. Is there another option, a pourable, or cream-based option perhaps? Something from the automotive department maybe, that I can use in the kitchen? Maybe a DIY hack?