MERRICK Backcountry Raw Infused Grain Free Great Plains Red Recipe Freeze Dried Dog Food, 20-lb bag -

Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Grain Free Great Plains Red Recipe Freeze Dried Dog Food

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Rated 4.1976 out of 5 stars

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  • Crafted in Texas and cooked in the USA.
  • High protein dog food includes a protein-rich blend of freeze-dried, raw coated dry dog food and real freeze-dried raw dog food.
  • Real, deboned beef is the #1 ingredient to help your pal maintain healthy muscles and energy levels.
  • Grain and chicken free and crafted with omega fatty acids, glucosamine and chondroitin to support your pup’s healthy skin, coat, hips and joints.
  • Made with natural beef, pork and lamb–plus added vitamins, minerals, and taurine.

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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

33 Customer Questions

Is your USA raised chicken then shipped, processed, and returned to and from China? I've learned that is the case for human grade chicken also.

Does this contain any GMO ingredients?
Answer by ChewyJan 23, 2020
Merrick recipes use fruits, vegetables and whole grains that are GMO-free. While they use only USDA-inspected protein options in the dog food and treats, they cannot guarantee that the diets of all the animals that provide the protein sources are GMO-free.

How should this food be stored?
Answer by ChewyDec 01, 2022
The kibble has a shelf life of 21 months. There is a "best before" date stamped in black ink on the back of the bag, toward the top. After opening, keep the bag sealed in an air tight container or with bag clips.

About how many cups in the 22lb bag? I want to estimate how often to do auto-shipment. Thank you.
Answer by ChewySep 11, 2018
Each pound of kibble equates to approximately 4 cups. The 4 pound bag will make 16 cups, the 12 pound bag will make 48 cups, and the 22 pound bag will make 88 cups.

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Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Ella11 on Dec 27, 2022

Good quality

This is a Wholedog Journal-approved food with appropriate nutrient percentages for my dogs' life stages. It's a good option if your dog eats a raw/kibble diet and needs poultry-free food. The kibble pieces are a bit smaller than many, which is better for digestion. (Could be even smaller, TBH.) The raw pieces are a treat, not part of the meal. You'll need to ration them, and at least 1/4 of the bag won't have any pieces at all. I feed this and another more affordable, higher-quality kibble, along with raw.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By manda1022217 on Oct 4, 2022

price increase

My pup has a very sensitive stomach and used to love this food, but lately I’ve been noticing a change in the last couple of bags. On top of the ridiculous price increase I’m noticing a decline in the quality of the food and so is my pups stomach. There are barely any freeze dried pieces and the other food pieces just look different. I’m upset that I’ll have to yet again go through trial and error to find another food that agrees with my dogs stomach. I understand the need to increase the price since everything is going up lately, but going up almost $20 is ridiculous and to change the quality of your food. Not good!!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Tedster on Dec 15, 2022

Merrick great plains red recipe

My 2 dogs were very finicky about food and I've switched a number of times to different brands. After trying Merrick great plains red recipe, they devour their food.

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

Awesomely Great Taste

My big boy loves the raw infused Merrick dry dog food. Pricey but extra nutritious & good for my dog. Yes I recommend. Yes I will buy again. My big boy loves all the raw infused flavours. Quality product, trusted supplier.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By AllyKat on Nov 11, 2022

great for sensitive tummies!!

I’m on my 3rd bag of this food. And so far absolutely no issues! Honeys stomach is very sensitive but so far this is the 2nd food that works with her and we have no issues. She absolutely loves this with a little bone broth.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By kay123 on Aug 31, 2022

Less bites, 10 dollar price increase

I'm very sad because my dog's love this dog food but with the price up to over $80 a bag and hardly any bites now, I'm gonna have to find something different. Even if the new one is the same price I'd still feel better about it because I don't like that this one isnt including many of the freeze dried bites. It's a total rip off with this price. Everything in our lives is going up, the least they could do is keep the product quality.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By jpcirig on Nov 11, 2022

I had to change - no freeze dried bits

We've been ordering this brand for the past 2.5 years. It changed. They no longer add the big bits of freeze dried food as seen in the picture. I gave them many chances hoping it was a bad batch. Nope. Last 6 bags were no good. I'm done with this money grab.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Rachael on Aug 19, 2022

Made dog sick

I am not sure what is actually in this food but my dog has never been so sick in his entire life. Had him on this food for a week, he’s scratching nonstop, no solid bowel movements, hot spots. He is allergic to chicken which this is not supposed to have in it but it clearly has something bad in it. Now need to pay the vet to fix my dog. Would not recommend this food

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Marrowstoneman on Sep 16, 2022

What I was looking for

My dog is allergic to chicken, lamb, and fish. so finding a dog food without is really difficult. The dog likes it so I'm glad I found this. Almost all dog foods seem to have chicken which is really irritating.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Ladybug on Nov 18, 2022

Merrick Review

My dog loves it! She has an allergy to chicken so this bag is absolutely perfect for her!