Signature Recipe Series: Grilled Quail | Rough Creek Lodge

quail-recipeWith Texas having some of the most prolific lands for hunting, it’s no surprise that hunters from all over the nation end up at our front door. Whether you’re venturing out for sport alone or to bring home natural food for your favorite wild game recipe, Rough Creek Lodge & Resort provides both the means and the services to make your trip truly memorable.

After you’ve bagged your game and prepare to throw it on the grill, let us help to add some delectable flavor to your seasonal meal. One of our classic recipes prepared by Chef Gerard will turn your grilled Quail into an annual tradition with the family. This delicious rendition of a classic meal prepared by Chef Gerard was recently featured in Texas Monthly’s article “Ten of Texas’s Best Far-Flung Fine-Dining Establishments”.

The recipe is prepared as followed:

Grilled Quail with Sherry Maple Glaze

For the Marinade – Serves 8
8 ea Texas Quail
1 ea Lemon – zested
1 ea. Shallot – finely chopped
2 ea. Garlic clove finely chopped
1 T. Chopped fresh thyme
½ Cup Grapeseed oil
Rough Creek Chili Seasoning

Add quail and Marinate for up to 4 hours. Remove from Marinade, season with salt and pepper. Grill over hot fire until cooked through

For the Glaze
½ cup 100% Pure Maple Syrup
½ cup Sherry vinegar

Reduce until syrup consistency

Poblano Pepper Cheddar Cheese Grits
1 Qt Water or Lite Chicken Broth
1 Cup Homestead Grits Mills Stone Ground Grits
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 Tbl Unsalted Butter
2 Fresh Grilled Poblano Peppers (Diced & Seeded)
½ Cup Diced Tasso Ham
½ Cup Grated Cheddar Cheese

1) Heat Water or Chicken Broth. Season with salt, pepper and butter.
2) Wisk in grits.
3) Cook for 20-30 minutes stirring constantly.
4) Add Poblano peppers, Tasso Ham & cheddar cheese.
5) Continue cooking for 5 more minutes.
6) Adjust with salt & pepper as needed.

Place Quail on plate & drizzle with a little of the glaze.

Rustic Elegance… A Texas Wedding Venue

We just very recently hosted a wedding here at Rough Creek Lodge. It was perfect…just approaching the entry of the Lodge the wildflowers are in full swing, which really set the tone and mood for a wonderful event!

Friday night’s rehearsal dinner kicked-off the weekend’s festivities. Following dinner everyone convened by the Back Terrace fire pit to enjoy cocktails and s’Mores. After a good night’s rest, it was the “big day”… the ceremony itself was held at our beautiful country Chapel, complete with succulent wreaths adorning the front doors to two adorable flower girls who adeptly carried out their duties. Afterward, the wedding party once again chose the Back Terrace for the reception, complete with band, gorgeous floral arrangements and off-the-chain cuisine.

It’s Spring! It’s the perfect time to begin the search for a venue for your special day. Why not Rough Creek Lodge? Our rustic elegance offers an indelible experience: we promise your wedding will be stylishly unique, beautifully done and impeccably executed—yours.

Our own in-house wedding planner can help you make it happen. Contact us at 254-918-2542 or email at discuss your special day!

Ducks and Deer and Upland Birds, Oh My!

We are in full hunting mode here Rough Creek Lodge. The “2nd Season” for ducks starts again on December 8th and runs through January 27… if the First Season is any indication, 2nd Season promises to be crazy great!

In the meantime, Deer Season is in full force and will go through January 6th…and did we mention that the Upland Bird Season is out of control? Whew! The birds are flying and really beautiful; season ends March 31st.

Time’s a wastin’, so get your gun and reserve your spot now! (Oh yeah, a weekend hunt would be a FABULOUS Christmas gift!)

Weddings at Rough Creek (Video)

We have touted how wonderful our weddings are here at Rough Creek, but rather than tell you again, let us show you!

Allison and Ryan were married in our chapel just two weeks ago and had a fantastic reception in the Great Room. Austin-based videographer Mason Jar Films captured the big day and shared a little teaser of this special occasion.

At Rough Creek Lodge, each wedding celebration is as unique and special as the couple it represents. So if you are looking for a one-of-a-kind experience for you and your future spouse, say “I do!” to Rough Creek Lodge.

Rough Creek Featured in Texas Highways Magazine

Texas Highways Magazine included Rough Creek Lodge as one of there favorite places to “Retreat…Relax…Rebound” in their May 2012 issue. Put out by the Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Highways promotes travel and tourism in the State of Texas. We’re excited to be reviewed so wonderfully by this respected and vibrant advocate for Texas destinations! If you’ve never visited us, this short review speaks for itself… and if you have been our guest before… you know it’s all true!

Texas Highways is available in print and online at

Click here to read the article

Raves & Reviews From Our Corporate Guests

It’s no secret that we pride ourselves on the level of service, accommodations, and activities we provide here at Rough Creek. It is particularly gratifying to hear from our corporate guests that we are living up to and often exceeding their expectations when they choose us for their meeting or retreat. 

Here’s just a few of the comments that we received from February corporate guests about their retreat experience:

“Great food and accommodations”
“Fantastic venue and the service is second to none”
“Great service, unique venue”
“Great place for people who love outdoors”
“Great place to combine work and play”
“Awesome people and awesome guest service”

Great. Fantastic. Awesome. These are words we like to hear! We like nothing more than knowing that we have been able to create memorable experiences for our guests—comments like these bring a smile to our faces and fuel us to keep going. And don’t think we’re about to rest on our laurels: our philosophy is to make sure our guests are satisfied as we’re serving them. While we ask if you enjoyed your stay as your leaving, we make sure you’re happy at every point of interaction during your stay. 

Why not host your next corporate meeting or retreat at Rough Creek Lodge and experience our excellent, personal service? 

To book your next corporate meeting retreat, contact Brooke Gray at or Christy Lemons at

Our Guests Love Us

At Rough Creek Lodge, we pride ourselves on providing our guests with a first-class experience and the utmost service—because you deserve nothing less. So nothing makes us happier then to hear from a guest that we did our job right.

Here is an excerpt from a blog entry by a guest about her recent visit to Rough Creek:

“I spent the last two days at Rough Creek Lodge and Resort near Glen Rose, Texas.  Rough Creek is an executive retreat and resort located on 11,000 acres within 90 miles of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. It is known as an executive retreat but it is certainly more than that. It is family friendly and also a perfect romantic getaway location.  This was my third stay at Rough Creek. When I arrived this time I recognized the staff members. I usually don’t see familiar faces when I arrive at other places. I think I recognized them because they had been so attentive to me on prior stays with them. Immediately the hospitality began.”

Click here to read more about this guest’s experience at Rough Creek.

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