MERRICK Backcountry Grain-Free 96% Real Beef Dinner Recipe Canned Dog Food, 12.7-oz can, case of 12 -

Merrick Backcountry Grain-Free 96% Real Beef Dinner Recipe Canned Dog Food, 12.7-oz can, case of 12

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About This Item


  • Does not contain any grains, peas or potatoes.
  • Formulated to help build and maintain healthy muscle tissue.
  • Always made with real deboned beef as the very first ingredient.
  • Developed to be a complete and balanced diet that’s rich in essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Crafted in Hereford, Texas and cooked in the USA.

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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

6 Customer Questions

is this a pate?
Answer by ChewyAug 11, 2022
This food is a pate.

What is the phosphorus content of this food?
Answer by ChewyMay 21, 2022
The phosphorus content on an as-fed and dry matter basis for the Merrick Backcountry Grain-Free is 96%. The Real Beef Dinner Recipe Canned Dog Food as fed is 18% and Dry Matter 0.93%.

Why is gum part of the ingredients? I've never seen a dog chewing on a tree.
Answer by ChewyJan 12, 2021
Merrick is using a few different ingredients in their new canned recipes, such as Agar Gum, Ghatti Gum, Guar Gum, Locust Bean Gum, and Xanthan Gum. These are used as natural thickening agents. They are natural ingredients that are commonly used in human foods, like salad dressing, to add thickness and are perfectly safe for pets.

Does this contain chicken or poultry by-products?
Answer by ChewyOct 22, 2020
This recipe is free of chicken or poultry by-products. For a complete list of the ingredients of this product navigate to the "Nutritional Info" tab just beneath the product.

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Rated 4.2754 out of 5 stars
69 Ratings
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69 Customer Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Shirl on Jan 14, 2023

Merricks beef dinner A+

I did lots of research on dog foods before selecting Merrick. It had many of the ingredients that I was looking for and omitted others that I learned were not good for dogs, such as certain kinds of grains. The company's new recipes are USDA-approved which was something else I was looking for. Chewy's per usual did an outstanding job on delivery and on having just the dog food that I was looking for.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By joel on Nov 19, 2022

Pooch favorite

my dog buddy loves this! i mix this with dry food and it's all gone. he's gotten picky at 12 yrs old (bull terrier).

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Bonnie on Jul 28, 2022

My dog likes it

I have a black lab and she eats mostly kibble with toppers or chicken. On occasion we will give her wet food. When we gave her this she ate it, which is a good sign because I've never met a dog as particular about food as mine. I did like I could see actual food chunks in it. I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Charlieboy on Jun 20, 2022

Might have to switch wet food

I think it might be time for me to consider switching wet food brands. My 1 year old dog is the pickiest eater I’ve ever had. He refuses to eat his kibble unless there’s something a little more enticing mixed in, so I started giving him wet food with every meal to get him to eat. After trying a few different brands, we settled on Hill Science Diet, because that’s his kibble brand and he seemed to like the wet food version. It worked - for a while. He seems to have stopped liking it now. When we opened the can of Merrick’s wet food, his nose started going and he ate up his dinner pretty much as soon as I put the dish down. It’s been like that for the past four or five meals now! The can we received has run out, so I’m going to pick up a few more at the store and see if this trend continues. Fingers crossed!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Jenny on Jun 17, 2022

Baby loves it

It is a bit watery and sloshy before you open the can but it solidified when I put it in the fridge. It remained soft the next day which is good in my opinion since other dog foods tend to crinkle up and dry. (I did put it in a ziplock bag before refrigerating the opened can) My dog devoured this! I did have to mix in her medicine and she didn’t seem to mind. Looks like the flavor trumped the medicine and she just sucked up every last piece of food! She loved it! She is a 5 lb chihuahua and we’ve almost finished the can already! Don’t know where all that food is going but I’m glad she’s enjoying it! I received this free in exchange for my honest review.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Tater on Jul 3, 2022

Our pets loved it!

(I received these products for free from Infuenster and brands in exchange for my honest review.) My dogs are not big canned wet food eaters but they loved this! I liked that the label was easy to read and the ingredients were healthier and didn't have a ton of fillers. We also gave some to our Blue tongue skink and he cleaned his bowl quick! We will be looking into more foods and products from Merrick in the future for our pets

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Kiddogee on Jul 19, 2022

Delicious - ate so fast!

When I put this out for my dog he ate it so quickly that I had to wonder if I even fed him! The beefy flavor and smell were not artificial. He seemed to enjoy it and have a reservation about adding soft /wet food to his mix that days. I did notice it made his stool softer and runnier but no stomach complaints otherwise.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Emily on Jul 11, 2022

She loves it!

I tried different wet dog food brands some higher end and lower; this style one is my go to ! I mixed this with dry kibble and she devoured it immediately! Her coat is thicker and softer than ever. If you love your dog feed them this food. Your dog will love it and you will love knowing it is healthy and safe.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By greece on Jul 24, 2022

juicy and great

At first my dog was confused as to the sogginess in his food haha, but he ended up loving it, i mixed it with his regular food and he seemed supper excited and you could tell he was truly enjoying it! I think it’s a great product for big and energetic dogs!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Nnsthilaire on Jun 19, 2022

Real ingredients

My dog devoured this mixed in with his regular dry dog food. As a senior dog (over 15 1/2 years old) sometimes he takes a little longer to eat his meals. However adding, Merricks backcountry grain free real beef dinner, he gladly ate it quickly. Reading the ingredients list I was happy to see that there was all natural real ingredients listed. I would recommend!