Redbarn Naturals Dog Food (Rolls)

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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
MethodProteinFatCarbs
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
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

09/27/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials