In a large metal bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, and salt.
Add the cold cubed or grated butter to the flour mixture and use a pastry cutter or a fork to combine the butter with flour until it resembles coarse sand.
Add the vinegar and 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) ice water and stir until it becomes too difficult, at which point use your hands, working quickly to knead the dough until it holds together. It should not be sticky; however, if the dough is too dry or crumbles apart, add 1 Tablespoon more water at a time until the dough holds together.
Wrap the dough into a flat disc in plastic wrap. And refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 3 days.
When you are ready to use the dough, roll out on a lightly floured surface to a 13-inch round. Fit the rolled out dough into a pie plate, trim and pinch the edges to form a decorative trim.
To pre-bake the crust: Pre-heat the oven to 375oF.
After fitting the dough into the pie plate, place the plate in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
Cut out a round of parchment paper the same diameter as the bottom of the pie shell and place into the frozen crust. Top with pie weights or dried beans.
Bake the crust for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and remove the weights and parchment round. Return to the oven to bake for 10 to 15 minutes longer, until the crust is golden. If the edges of the crust begin to brown too much, use a pie crust shield or strips of foil to cover the edges and continue baking.