MERRICK Backcountry Raw Infused Grain Free Dog Food, Hero's Banquet Recipe, Freeze Dried Dog Food, 20-lb bag -

Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Grain Free Dog Food, Hero's Banquet Recipe, Freeze Dried Dog Food, 20-lb bag

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Rated 4.0121 out of 5 stars

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About This Item


  • Specially formulated to help your adult dog maintain strong muscles and healthy energy levels.
  • This Raw Inspired dish features a protein-rich blend of freeze-dried, raw coated kibble plus freeze-dried raw food.
  • Real, deboned beef is the first ingredient in this natural dog food.
  • Crafted with omega fatty acids for healthy skin and coat plus glucosamine and chondroitin to support hips and joints.
  • The grain-free Hero’s Banquet Recipe includes beef, sweet potatoes and turkey plus added vitamins, minerals and taurine.

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Nutritional Information

Feeding Instructions

About Merrick Backcountry Dog Food

A Protein-Rich Ancestral Diet

Merrick Backcountry offers a wide array of exotic protein options for an ancestral dog food diet that delivers a unique combination of freeze-dried raw-coated kibble with real freeze-dried raw pieces of meat, fish, or poultry. Choose from grain-free options and recipes with healthy grains for a balanced lineup that provides the nutritional benefits of a raw diet.

Real Animal Protein First

Merrick Backcountry dog food is packed with protein canines crave. In fact, every recipe is crafted with real deboned meat, fish or poultry as the first ingredient! Leading levels of high-quality protein can help your dog maintain healthy energy levels and promote healthy digestion. Plus, your pup will also find freeze-dried raw meat for the nutritious and protein-packed diet he deserves.

Raw-Coated Kibble + Real Meat

Protein-rich, raw-coated kibble mixed in with freeze-dried real meat, fish or poultry raw pieces makes Backcountry Raw Infused kibble recipes irresistible to pups. Freeze-drying locks in raw flavor and nutrition to provide the next best thing to feeding fresh meat. Give your dog the closest thing to raw, with the easy-serve convenience of regular kibble.

Healthy Grain or Grain-Free

Choose a high-protein, grain-free recipe crafted with healthy grains, like brown rice, oatmeal, and barley, to support sound digestion.

Omega-3 and -6 Fatty Acids

Guaranteed levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids support healthy skin and a vibrant coat, for good nutrition that truly shows. And glucosamine and chondroitin help maintain healthy hip and joint function through all your dog’s adventures to keep him running healthy for many years.

Raw Nutrition and Wild Flavor in Every Recipe


Sweet potatoes are a fiber-rich source of quality carbs for healthy energy levels without grains.


Brown rice, oatmeal and barley provide healthy grains for good digestion.


Made with real deboned meat or poultry as the #1 ingredient and rich flavors and textures.


Yummy treats made with real meat, poultry or fish and without artificial ingredients or fillers.


These Freeze-Dried Raw Mixers are tasty, safely processed and offer your buddy a nutritional boost.


Keep your dog satisfied with an assortment of canned Real Beef and Chicken Dinner wet dog food.

About Merrick

Merrick believes whole foods not only taste better, but are better for your pet, and handmade recipes are much better than scientific formulas. That's why Merrick's been making pet food in their own kitchen for more than 30 years. Produced in small batches, each recipe is closely monitored to ensure it delivers the perfect balance of nutrients guaranteed right on the label. Merrick makes food to be fuel, not filler, and their wide variety of protein-rich dry and canned foods and treats means your pet will enjoy every second of his meal.
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Questions & Answers

15 Customer Questions

Why is this item still out of stock and when is it going to be available???

Carb percentage?
Answer by ChewyAug 13, 2019
This recipe has an approximate carbohydrate content of 22.5% as fed and 25.3% on a dry matter basis.

My dog is allergic to chicken. Are there any chicken products in this?
Answer by ChewyJun 07, 2018
This food does contain chicken fat.

copper content on a dry matter basis?
Answer by ChewyMay 19, 2022
The as fed for the Backcountry Freeze-Dried Raw Hero's Banquet Recipe is 17.19% and dry matter is 18.7%.

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Rated 4.0121 out of 5 stars
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Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Meee on Feb 18, 2023

Great food, but not for my dogs

Being a high protein food I had high hopes. Packaging is great and food quality looked great. Other high protein foods that I have had my dogs on their poop would be solid and pretty dark. My dogs have had nothing but diarrhea on this food or really soft stools. It's been months now.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Ohana on Dec 29, 2022

You won’t be disappointed

We have a German Shepard, mixed breed, and he LOVES this stuff! He actually eats every meal and now I don’t have to worry about making sure he take his glucosamine because his food already has it added, so he’s guaranteed to get it everyday. With is having soft kibble as well, our little chihuahua has no problem eating and she’s getting old so having all those hood vitamins and minerals for her joins is great for us! No separate dog foods anymore! We’ve been feeding them this dog food for about 11 months. We’ll never go back to other dog food, plus it supports vets to receive services dogs. OORAH!

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Thomas on Feb 15, 2023

Not for my dog

Gave my toy aussie explosive diarrhea and vomiting, he was the sickest that I have ever seen him. I was concerned that maybe had he gotten Parvo from a Kennel, we stopped feeding him anything except rice for 24 hours and his stool returned to normal.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By CooperDude on Dec 13, 2022

Great taste, creative, appetizing

The freeze dried raw Merricks Banquet dry dog food is very very good. My big has tried all of the freeze dried selections and he loves all of them. Quality product, good for your pet and always welcome as a change for a bit of variance. Yes I recommend. I have purchased many Merrick products and I am never disappointed.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By sperry1625 on Nov 22, 2022

Dog won't touch it

My dog is very picky, a PITA in fact. I have been searching for a food she will eat. I saw this and thought I would give it a try, no luck, she won't touch it. This is beyond frustrating. The other thing I noticed is there are very few freeze dried chunks in the bag. It's mostly kibble.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Rebecca on Feb 1, 2023

Not as advertised

Again not as advertised,not any freeze dried pieces ,very expensive, for nothing.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By JenK on Jun 12, 2022

Good size kibble for all size dogs

I recently switched my 1 year old English Bulldog and one of my 3 year old Saint Bernards to this food. Our EB was on Purina Pro Plan Shredded Chicken & Rice but the kibble was so gosh darn big she couldn't really chew it. One of our Saints is having digestive issues so that is why we switched her from the same Purina Pro Plan. They both love it and what is nice is the kibble size is great for both breeds. I know it is way more expensive but nowadays you get what you pay for. Buy the smaller bags to switch and the once your pup is switched spend the money on the larger bag. Stinks the biggest bag is only 20 pounds but it is what it is. Also, you get to support a great cause with this particular bag.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Nicole on May 26, 2022

Not worth it

I purchased a small bag of this food because it partially raw and wanted to see if my dogs would like it and as soon as I opened the bag, I noticed there were no chunks of chicken as stated and pictured on the bag. I dumped the entire bag out and there were 3 pieces of chicken...... So I paid all that money for a partially raw dog food for 3 small chunks of chicken..... I was very displeased

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Dani on Dec 25, 2021

Chicken free food!

Merrick makes plenty of flavors that do not include chicken meal or byproducts, including this flavor. My Boxer's sensitive tummy does really well on Merrick.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Thumper on Oct 30, 2021

Merrick Backcountry Freeze-Dried Dog food

Thumper enjoyed it the 1st day, but started vomiting the 3rd day. I believe it was too rich for him. I was mixing it with his other food to ease the transition.