This is a pan after my husband made some sausage, he likes it really well done. I use some paper towel to wipe out the grease (because grease is horrible for pipes!). I only own stainless steel pots and pans, I cannot tell you how this would work on any other type of pot or pan. I can't guarantee results, or be liable for any damages.
Step 1: Baking Soda
I sprinkle a good bit of baking soda in the pan. Then I add enough water to cover the baking soda and the burnt on food. Do not overfill the pan, it can bubble over.
Step 2: Add Water and Boil.
Put the pan on the stove on high, and bring the water/baking soda mixture to a boil. This does not take very long, so don't walk away! It can boil over and make a mess.
Step 3: Boil and Scrape.
I use a spatula to get the bits off the bottom of the pan, stirring it around and scraping it. Again, this doesn't take long at all.
Step 4: The Mess Is Going Down the Drain.
The pan is mostly clean at this point, just pour the stuff down the drain!
Step 5: Quick Scrub.
A little soap.....
Step 6: Rinse.
Step 7: Ta-da!
...and it's clean! Ready for the next round of sausage!