Redbarn Naturals Dog Food (Rolls)


Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Redbarn Naturals Dog Food Rolls receives the Advisor’s second-lowest tier rating of 2 stars.

The Redbarn Naturals product line includes 5 rolled dog foods.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.

  • Redbarn Naturals Beef Recipe [A]
  • Redbarn Naturals Lamb Recipe [A]
  • Redbarn Naturals Chicken Recipe [A]
  • Redbarn Naturals Grain Free Beef Recipe [A]
  • Redbarn Naturals Grain Free Chicken Recipe [A]

Redbarn Naturals Beef Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Red Barn Naturals Beef Recipe

Rolled Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 26% | Fat = 11% | Carbs = 55%

Ingredients: Beef, beef liver, beef lung, whole wheat flour, sucrose, pea protein, dicalcium phosphate, brown rice flour, egg product, sea salt, beef fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), flaxseed, potassium chloride, natural smoke flavor, calcium carbonate, sodium tripolyphosphate, sodium erythorbate, rosemary, choline chloride, iron oxide, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, copper sulfate, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, manganous oxide, vitamin A acetate, sodium selenite, riboflavin supplement, ethylenediamine dihydroiodide, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, ferrous sulfate, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.3%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis15%6%NA
Dry Matter Basis26%11%55%
Calorie Weighted Basis25%24%52%
Protein = 25% | Fat = 24% | Carbs = 52%

The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is beef liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The third ingredient is beef lung. Beef lung is a protein-rich organ meat that’s also low in fat.

The fourth ingredient is wheat flour, a highly-refined product of wheat milling. Like corn, wheat is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

For this reason, we do not consider wheat a preferred component in any dog food.

The fifth ingredient is sucrose, a common sweetener better known as table sugar. Sugar is always an unwelcome addition to any dog food. Because of its high glycemic index, it can unfavorably impact the blood glucose level of most animals soon after it’s eaten.

The sixth ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.

Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The seventh ingredient is dicalcium phosphate, likely used here as a dietary calcium supplement.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With three notable exceptions

First, flaxseed is one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, this food includes iron oxide which is a synthetic color additive used in industry to impart a reddish color to food — and paint. In its natural form, this chemical compound is more commonly known as “iron rust”.

We’re always disappointed to find any artificial coloring in a pet food. That’s because coloring is used to make the product more appealing to humans — not your dog. After all, do you really think your dog cares what color his food is?

And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

Redbarn Naturals Dog Food Rolls
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Redbarn Naturals Dog Food Rolls looks like an average rolled product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 26%, a fat level of 11% and estimated carbohydrates of about 55%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 26% and a mean fat level of 11%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 56% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 42%.

Below-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical rolled dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the pea protein and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a rolled product containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Redbarn Naturals is a plant-based rolled dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2 stars.

Not recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Redbarn Naturals Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

09/27/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Christina Lyons

    I’m curious how the grain free version compares. There’s no grain free listed here.

  • Wanda Orraca

    Absolutely. I have gotten the Pate Lamb can grain free & it’s awesome. My babies love it.

  • mahoraner niall

    I didnt even need to look at this review to know that this is a bad food! the only places i have seen this crud is at big lots and hard ware stores! Proof that it must be so bad that even GROCERY STORES wont even sell it! also the fact that it’s only $2.27 for a roll of this on chewy!

  • Crazy4dogs

    LOL! And that’s the most important part! My dogs say it’s ALL good! That’s a Lab for ya! 😉

  • Bobby dog

    Bobby says it’s good stuff! 😉

  • Crazy4dogs

    I just did a recent restock on dry(good sales). Now I’m getting low(ish) on cans. But for the next few nights it’s crockpot chicken and premix. 😉

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    I had so much dry food to use that finally I’m down to a few small bags. Time to stock up on it again!

  • Crazy4dogs

    Mine has dwindled, but I still have a pretty good stockpile too! Love the sales! 😉

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    Glad to get some feedback. I’m going to pick up a few cans. Not that I need them . My stock pile of cans is pretty large lol!

  • Crazy4dogs

    I agree. I’m not sure if all of the variations are going to help or hurt the sales, but I like the idea. 🙂

  • Crazy4dogs

    I’ve been using them occaisonally too. The stews are nice, as Bobby dog said. I find the new formulas interesting since I have a girl with some arthritis that we’ve been able to keep very active by watching her diet and using supplements. The ingredient panel looks good, but I haven’t used them often because they haven’t been reviewed yet. I submitted a request about a month ago.

  • Bobby dog

    Bobby really likes them and they are packed full of meat. I have had them in his rotation for over a year and have been happy with them.

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    I have been wanting to try the stews. I was waiting for them to be reviewed. I did submit a request. My pet store has a good selection. I may go ahead and give them a try.

  • Bobby dog

    I never fed their pate’s because I like the f-p ratio of the stews. They re-vamped the canned last year and I did check out the new pate’s, but decided to stick with the stews. They did add some interesting ingredients to some of the pate’s!

  • Crazy4dogs

    Yeah, I’ve done the stews a couple of times when they had the funky names. The new ones they’ve added are pate and have specific formulas. I like the joint support since it has perna mussel in it. Not sure if it would actually help, but it’s a good selling point. I hope they get rated soon. I did submit a request.

  • Bobby dog

    Yes, Bobby gets the stews. He loves them.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Has anyone tried the new Red Barn Naturals canned food? It looks interesting as they have formulas with joint and immune support. I tried a couple of cans and my dogs liked it, of course, but I haven’t found much info on it.

  • cutefuzzybunny

    This needs a refresh for ingredients. I just bought some of this and they appear to have dropped the wheat.

  • Janedy

    I use red barn as an added supplement to my dry food, alternate with chicken or frozen bill jack, so they never get tired of what they are eating and they love them all – although I am changing their dry food after too many episodes of bugs in the Purina Pro bags.

  • Pattyvaughn

    It is due to be updated soon.

  • Bex

    the tube i bought for my dog says flour free, perhaps a re-review or a different product?

  • BarbR

    Would like a review on their lamb and rice. it has no wheat products and i feed it to one of my Bichons with allergies and all of the dogs love it.

  • Calisoldier83

    This food has a weird consistency, seems processed/plasticy. My dog is not picky by any means, but she thought twice before eating this. I wanted to try to save money, but will go back to natural balance after this roll. 

  • Teresa

    I have a very old dog. He just doesn’t care to eat anything. However he does love this dog food and eats every single bite I give him. I can tolerate a little sugar if it means he will eat something. The rest of the ingredients sound pretty dog-healthy.

  • erin c.

    Why don’t they just call sucrose sugar?

    Is it for people who might read the label and not know what sucrose is?

  • erin c.

    It’s not bad enough humans are addicted to sugar, they have to make our dogs too?

    There are enough FAT DOGS around.

    Shame on this company.